June 6, 2010

“BLACK FLIGHT” changing the makeup of Dallas schools. “Black students formed a majority in Dallas schools through the 1980s and ’90s. Over the last 10 years, though, the number of black children has fallen by nearly 20,000, or about a third. Meanwhile, Hispanic children have filled their seats as the district’s overall enrollment remains fairly flat at about 157,000. . . . Interviews with dozens of parents reveal that the exodus is not fueled by a single reason, but by myriad forces including issues of race, class, perceptions of problems within DISD, an explosion of charter schools and the quest for the American dream in the suburbs.” In other words, pretty much like “white flight.” But there’s also this: “Many black parents are concerned about the attention and money spent bringing native Spanish-speakers up to speed. Some say their children are ignored.” (Via NewsAlert).

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