The Washington Post has released a series of data visualizations showing that U.S. schools have become increasingly diverse since 1995 but that many students in large cities and the South still live in heavily segregated school districts. The visualizations show that less than half of students went to school in a diverse district in 1995, compared to 66 percent in 2017. Nonetheless, nearly six million students are in districts where one race constitutes more than 75 percent of the student body. The visualizations include a map showing the diversity of each school district.
Measuring the Diversity of U.S. School Districts
Michael McLaughlin is a research analyst at the Center for Data Innovation. He researches and writes about a variety of issues related to information technology and Internet policy, including digital platforms, e-government, and artificial intelligence. Michael graduated from Wake Forest University, where he majored in Communication with Minors in Politics and International Affairs and Journalism. He received his Master’s in Communication at Stanford University, specializing in Data Journalism.
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