While the United States is becoming increasingly diverse, its public schools remain stubbornly segregated by race and class. This is despite the nearly seven decades that have passed since the landmark Supreme Court decision known as Brown v. Board of Education. The case, which outlawed segregation in the nation’s public schools, was decided on May 17, 1954.

However, “the court’s declared goal of integrated education is still not yet achieved,” writes Pedro A. Noguera, a sociologist and professor of education at the University of Southern California, where he also serves as dean of the school of education. “[T]hroughout the nation, poor children of color are most likely to attend schools where they are not only separated by race and class, but where the quality of the education they receive is below that of their white peers.”

Noguera examines the demographics of K-12 education today and takes a closer look at some of the reasons why the nation’s schools often don’t reflect its growing diversity.

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