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Crosscurrents

Racial Isolation Deepens In Schools Decades After Brown v Board of Ed

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Credit: State Attorney Generals Office
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California Attorney General Xavier Becerra announces desegregation settlement in Marin City at a news conference in August 2019. To his left are Sausalito Marin City School District board of trustees president Ida Green and Superintendent Itoco Garcia.

The State Attorney General recently came to Marin County to announce the first settlement to desegregate a California school in five decades. Meanwhile, 65 years after Brown v. Board of Education, segregation is on the rise nationwide.

It’s a tale of one district, with two schools in two towns. Marin City is majority black and Latino. Sausalito --  its far more affluent neighbor just across the freeway -- is 90 percent white. The settlement concludes an investigation that alleged the Sausalito Marin City School District starved its Marin City traditional public school of resources while bolstering its Sausalito public charter. Students harmed over the past six years will get academic and career counseling as well as college scholarships.  But behind those headlines is some deeper news: Sixty-five years after the U.S. Supreme Court deemed segregation unconstitutional in Brown vs. Board of Education, racial isolation is deepening in schools across the country. Listen here to learn more.