School integration slipping 60 years after Brown

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WASHINGTON (AP) - A new report finds the integration of American schools begun with a famous Supreme Court decision 60 years ago is being thrown into reverse, though the overall dynamics have changed.

Latinos are now the largest minority group in public schools. And about 57 percent attend schools that are majority Latino.

For black students, the South now is the least segregated section of America. But more than half of black students in New York, Illinois, Maryland and Michigan attend schools where 90 percent or more students are minority.

Gary Orfield, co-director of the Civil Rights Project at UCLA and author of the new report, notes that educational policy since the 1980s has assumed equal opportunity can be achieved in separate schools.

Orfield says it's a "huge advantage" for a student to attend a middle class school where most pupils are college-bound.

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