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Sarah Garland: Separate. Unequal. Still.

So, with New York City public school students returning Wednesday, the question is: Why isn’t more being done to bring students of different races together in the most racially and ethnically diverse city in the country, one where the public schools have had little success closing a huge racial achievement gap? A study last year by UCLA’s Civil Rights Project found that in the New York City metro area, the number of “intensely-segregated” schools — those that are between 90% and 100% minority — increased by 70% since 1989. The percent of black students enrolled in intensely segregated schools jumped from 67% to 74%. Racial segregation overlaps with economic segregation.