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A Study Shows Indiana Schools Remain Largely Segregated


Nearly 40 years ago, the South Bend schools entered into a consent decree to deal with desegregation.

To this day, schools have to be in compliance with the order.

It's designed to promote fairness among students as well as diversity.

Something that South Bend is full of.

"South bend is very unique, we have our city and we have our township and we have all of this rural area," said South Bend School Corporation Member, Leslie Wesley.

But even with all of that diversity, an I-U study shows Indiana schools remain segregated.

The average Black student in Indiana attends a school where 68 percent of the students are non-White, while the average White student attends a school where 19 percent of the students are non-White.

Several South Bend school's show the percentage of Black students is more than 20 points higher than racial makeup of the county.

These include Brown Intermediate Center, Perley Fine Arts Academy and Marquette Montessori Academy.

Wesley says that's largely due to students availability to choose where they go to school in the district.

"Because if you really look at school choice and you're giving families the opportunity of deciding where they would like to send their child and then have that smorgasbord of education, being able to decide," said Wesley. "A lot of times i can't control the Indiana study."

She says she's confident that all students in the district have equality -- regardless of race, color or creed.

"But if we can't as a corporation control where families live, we have to make sure as a corporation that we have the right equitable amount of resources in that building and that's what's important."

She says the school board is prepared to make any necessary changes to follow the consent decree.

The report also shows that the lack of integration in Indiana schools reflects residential segregation.

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