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Report finds diversity is in decline in SF public schools

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The latest edition of the San Francisco Public Press features a report called "Choice is Resegregating Public Schools." In it, reporter Jeremy Adam Smith unveils the reality of diversity, or more accurately the lack thereof, in San Francisco's public schools. San Francisco Unified School District's 'choice' system allows parents to rank and choose any school in the city for their children. Then, a lottery determines where they go.

This system was designed to bring more racial diversity to San Francisco's schools, but ironically, it has been doing the opposite. Jeremy Adam Smith joined KALW'sHana Baba to explain.

JEREMY ADAM SMITH: One of the insights that I take from my work at ... is that there's no such thing as racist or not racist. We have brains that are designed to look for differences, but what we have to do ... is to be aware of those feelings and if we're aware of them then that allows us to break that knee-jerk bias.

Click the audio player above to listen to the entire interview.
An extended version of this interview is available here.

The latest edition of the San Francisco Public Press is available here.

Hana Baba is host of Crosscurrents, KALW's weeknight newsmagazine that broadcasts on KALW Public Radio in the San Francisco Bay Area.