Data Visualization School segregation

Published on January 31st, 2018 | by


Visualizing the Impact of Segregated School Districts

Vox has created a series of data visualizations illustrating how the United States draws attendance zones for public schools has contributed to high levels of segregation in school districts. The visualizations use data from the National Center for Education Statistics and economic researchers to demonstrate that school districts draw school attendance zones that perpetuate and exacerbate existing residential segregation, often by assigning children to attend their nearest school. The visualizations also show that even if a school district were to draw attendance zones to prioritize integration, rather than proximity to school, it would still remain highly segregated, suggesting that mixing students from different school districts together would be the only way to substantially reduce segregation.

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