Presentation on theme: "RACIAL DIVERSITY IN MAINE'S SCHOOLS Jennifer Ayscue The Civil Rights Project, UCLA April 2, 2015."— Presentation transcript:
RACIAL DIVERSITY IN MAINE'S SCHOOLS Jennifer Ayscue The Civil Rights Project, UCLA April 2, 2015
Overview Why does diversity matter? What are the enrollment and segregation trends in Maine’s public schools? What are the trends in Portland and Lewiston? How can Maine plan for increasing diversity in schools?
Harms of Segregation Unequal opportunities Teachers Classmates Curriculum Unequal outcomes Academic performance Drop-out rates Success in college
Racial Transition Portland 2000: 2.6% black 2010: 7.1% black Lewiston 2000: 1.1% black 2010: 8.7% black Between 1980 and 2005, diverse areas in the nation’s 50 largest metros were more likely to become predominantly nonwhite than to remain diverse 1 out of 5 suburban school districts in the 25 largest metro areas are experiencing rapid racial change
White Proportion in Metro Districts 198919992010 YARMOUTH98.6%98.3%94.2% CAPE ELIZABETH 97.8%98.1%93.2% RSU 15/ MSAD 15 99.0%98.0%94.8% FALMOUTH98.3%97.8%93.7% WESTBROOK97.4%96.0%86.2% 198919992010 GORHAM98.7%97.4%96.3% SOUTH PORTLAND 96.9%95.3%84.6% SCARBOROUGH99.5%98.3%94.7% PORTLAND90.5%84.8%64.8%
Enrollment by Race, Portland School District, 2012-2013
Segregated Schools, Portland Public Schools 4 elementary schools are majority minority 3 elementary schools are more than 75% white
Key Findings, Portland Metro enrollment is increasing in size Metro is slightly more diverse than the state Portland Public Schools is substantially more diverse than the state and the metro 4 of the state’s 5 majority minority schools are in Portland Public Schools
Enrollment by Race, Lewiston Public Schools, 2012-2013
Segregated Schools, Lewiston Public Schools 1 elementary school is majority minority 1 elementary school is almost majority minority 2 elementary schools are more than 75% white
Conclusions Racial diversity is increasing Current instances of segregation are modest and localized
HOW CAN MAINE PLAN FOR INCREASING DIVERSITY IN SCHOOLS?
Recommendations Include diversity goals in student assignment policies Work with housing agencies Adopt regional approaches Include civil rights standards with choice options Recruit, train, and hire diverse teaching staff Provide teacher training about diversity
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