How Segregated Is Your School District? A Vox Article Seeks To Show You

Tuesday, January 24, 2018 || By Local News Curator || @maywoodnews 

Vox reported earlier this month on a series of recent studies that find most school districts draw attendance zones that “are gerrymandered to put white students in classrooms that are even whiter than the communities they live in. The result, they say, is that schools today are re-segregating.

“In America, there is already a massive amount of residential segregation, shaped by a long history of racist government policies,” Vox reports. “This is why everyone going to the nearest school perpetuates very segregated classrooms. But using school zones, we can actually gerrymander these lines so we’re not recreating the underlying segregation.”

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The reality, though, is that most school districts “draw these lines to perpetuate the underlying residential segregation” or make it even worse, Vox reports.

The fascinating thing about this article, beyond the fact that it spotlights cutting-edge research on school segregation, is that it uses 2013 data from one of those studies to “show you what your district would look like if everyone went to the nearest school. Using that baseline, we’ll show you whether or not your district reduces segregation — or exacerbates it.”

So how did some districts in Proviso Township fare in the Vox analysis (which didn’t seem to include high school districts or Lindop School District 92)? We parsed some of the Vox analysis for you. See what the data had to say about your district below:

Bellwood District 88 

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A map of the elementary school boundary zones for Bellwood SD 88 from the 2013 school year. Top, how the schools were actually zoned. Bottom, how the schools would be zoned if students were assigned to the nearest school. | Vox 

According to Vox: “The Bellwood SD 88 draws attendance zones in a way that lessens the amount of segregation that exists in the underlying neighborhoods …” 

Maywood-Melrose Park-Broadview District 89

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A map of the elementary school boundary zones for Maywood SD 89 from the 2013 school year. Top, how the schools were actually zoned. Bottom, how the schools would be zoned if students were assigned to the nearest school. | Vox 

According to Vox: “The Maywood-Melrose Park-Broadview 89 School District draws attendance zones that recreate the segregation in the underlying neighborhood.”

So how does this look on a graph?

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Bellwood District 88 

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Maywood-Melrose Park-Broadview District 89

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The full Vox article, which is fascinating, is worth reading in full (click here). VFP

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