University of Wisconsin–Madison
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School context, segregation, and inequality

Residential segregation by income is increasing in U.S. cities, with African American and Hispanic families in particular living in increasingly income-segregated communities.1 At the same time, inequality in student achievement by income has decreased, and there has been a narrowing of racial achievement gaps. In this article, I explore the reasons for these trends, examine the implications of school segregation for school outcomes and inequality, and identify possible policy approaches to increasing the ability of schools to both improve academic outcomes and be more effective at teaching students to be contributing members of society


Education & Training, Inequality & Mobility, Intergenerational Poverty, K-12 Education, Place, Place General