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Report Reveals Alarming Segregation in NJ Schools

By Julie Daurio, WBGO News
October 11, 2013

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While you might think the most segregated schools in the nation would be found in the South, a new report finds that’s more likely in New Jersey.

The report from Rutgers and UCLA finds that one in four black students and one in eight Latino students in New Jersey attend what it refers to as “apartheid schools”—or schools where less than one percent of students are white.

Rutgers Law professor Paul Tractenberg co-authored the report. One of its proposed solutions is a voluntary regional transfer program. In order for it to work, Tractenberg says people would need to look beyond the incendiary history of mandatory busing.

 “If people get beyond the initial rhetoric of, “Well, if it involves busing, it’s bad,” and look at some of the realities, I think ideas that seem really far out and unacceptable start looking pretty appealing.”

Gary Orfield of UCLA’s Civil Rights Project adds that their idea for a regional transfer program would give families more of a say in where their children go to school.

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