New Culprit in School Segregation? Private Schools

The District of Columbia’s public school system has garnered praise for being one of the fastest improving in the country, but it’s also known for being one of the more segregated.

Now, new research from the Albert Shanker Institute that analyzes segregation of children in D.C. suggests a culprit not typically considered a major factor: private schools.

“In a very loose sense,” researchers said, “D.C.’s private schools serve as the segregation equivalent of a suburb within the city.”

During the 2011-12 school year, private schools, the researchers found, served only 15 percent of the city’s students but almost 60 percent of its white students.

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