Study shows trend of re-segregation in Florida schools

By: Mariel Carbone | WCTV Eyewitness News
October 9, 2017

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- As diversity continues to grow across the state of Florida, one place it is not growing is in the classroom.

That's according to a new study by FSU's LeRoy Collins Institute, which claims that segregation is a growing issue in Florida Schools, with densely populated urban areas like Miami having the biggest issue.

It also cites Tallahassee, Tampa, Orlando and Jacksonville as cities that have segregated schools.

Some of the contributing factors include policy changes in the state, which shifted the focus to testing and school grades. The study also stated there's a relationship between residential patterns in urbanization and suburbanization. And, that poverty is also a driving factor.

Leon County Schools Superintendent Rocky Hanna said the study does not surprise him.

"We see now our schools are more segregated than ever. And it's a real concern," said Hanna. "I think a real big part of our children's education is getting them ready for the FSA and the academic piece but, also another big piece is learning to be socially and culturally acceptable to other students that don't necessarily look like them."

Hanna said he doesn't know what the correct solution to the problem is, but said it starts with open and honest dialogue.

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