Harvard Study: School Segregation Up

Segregation in U.S. schools increased during the last decade, despite the nation's growing racial diversity, according to a Harvard University study.

The study, released Tuesday, found that 70 percent of black students and more than one-third of Hispanic students attended predominantly minority schools during the 1998-99 school year, the latest data available from the National Center of Education Statistics.

The study also found that white students were more segregated from other minorities. While the average black student or Latino student attended a school that was 53 to 55 percent black or Latino, the average white student attended a school more than 80 percent white.

"White children are growing up in a society that is going to become more than half minority, and they are almost totally isolated from those minorities," said Gary Orfield, a Harvard professor and co-director of The Civil Rights Project that conducted the study. "These suburban kids are vastly unprepared for the future."