Vox has created a series of data visualizations illustrating how the United States draws attendance zones for public schools has contributed to high levels of segregation in school districts. The visualizations use data from the National Center for Education Statistics and economic researchers to demonstrate that school districts draw school attendance zones that perpetuate and exacerbate existing residential segregation, often by assigning children to attend their nearest school. The visualizations also show that even if a school district were to draw attendance zones to prioritize integration, rather than proximity to school, it would still remain highly segregated, suggesting that mixing students from different school districts together would be the only way to substantially reduce segregation.
Visualizing the Impact of Segregated School Districts
Joshua New is a senior policy analyst at the Center for Data Innovation. He has a background in government affairs, policy, and communication. Prior to joining the Center for Data Innovation, Joshua graduated from American University with degrees in C.L.E.G. (Communication, Legal Institutions, Economics, and Government) and Public Communication. His research focuses on methods of promoting innovative and emerging technologies as a means of improving the economy and quality of life. Follow Joshua on Twitter @Josh_A_New.
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