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Public Schools Becoming More Racially Segregated: Report

The number of Black and Latino students enrolled in impoverished K-12 public schools increased 11 percent between 2001 and 2014

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    FILE - Racial segregation has been deepening in public education, according to a new report, offering a sobering reminder of the nation's history when it comes to racial and economic isolation in classrooms.

    America’s public schools are increasingly segregated by race and economic class, 62 years after the Supreme Court's landmark Brown v. Board of Education ruling, according to a report published by the Government Accountability Office Tuesday.

    The GAO found the number of Black and Latino students enrolled in impoverished K-12 public schools increased 11 percent between 2001 and 2014, NBC News reported.

    These schools were found have a poverty-stricken population, with 75 to 100 percent of students eleigible for price-reduced lunch. Such schools were found to offer disproportionately fewer math, science and college-prep courses and had higher rates of students who were held back in ninth grade, suspended or expelled.

    The report also claims magnet schools with open enrollment did not accept minority students in order to maintain an even ratio of white and minority students.