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Racial School Segregation in 2018 Imagine being in a classroom where there is no chalk for the chalkboards; your history book is so outdated that President Clinton is the most recent president in your book, and you do not have a pencil to write with. This is what schools can look like even in our city of Indianapolis due to segregation. It can become very difficult for the student even to want to learn because their school does not supply for student success. School segregation is still happing even in 2018 even though the civil rights movement happened in the in the 1960s. Indiana has become more segregated than ever before, including Indianapolis. School segregation is a problem because it leads to low diversity in schools, reduced school funding to students who need it most, and makes it harder for students to get out of the cycle in which they were born into. In Indiana, schools were divided into townships. Andrew Jackson was the one who came up with the idea for townships. Townships are governed and used to provide for programs and services, i.e., schools. Income tax funds schools therefore if your township is lower economic status then your schools will have less funding. Townships are causing racial segregation even in 2018 leaving minorities behind. For students who are in a lower socioeconomic status funding for their school will be lower. It will be harder for them to achieve standards the state makes. For the children going to these lower graded schools, C, D or an F, that is not up to them. This is called the achievement gap. From my understanding, the achievement gap is amongst students, mostly whites, and minorities. With the achievement gap, this leads to a great amount of disparity from school to school. The achievement gap can be created in a school due to poor funding, or from a lack of qualified teachers. “We can
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measure many types of gaps, even just within the realm of student performance. Historically, most studies and reports on the achievement gap have focused on differences in achievement scores between white and African American students on national tests, such as the SAT or the National Assessment of Educational Progress.” (Medrich 2007). A theory on why this is true is the schools where blacks attend are in lower income area where education is lesser. Without the funds to supplied for test prep, books, and basic school supplies it makes it much harder for students and teacher to apply themselves. When schools get lower grades C through D, it directly affects how their school gets funding. Poor performing schools will stick to the cycle because their students cannot learn adequately due to the resources provided.
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