Sunday, June 6, 2010

Black flight in Dallas

Black students formed a majority in Dallas schools through the 1980s and '90s. Over the last 10 years, though, the number of black children has fallen by nearly 20,000, or about a third. Meanwhile, Hispanic children have filled their seats as the district's overall enrollment remains fairly flat at about 157,000. Now, about 41,000 black students attend DISD schools. They make up 26% of the district compared with 106,000 Hispanic children, or 68%. White students are 5% of the district. The trend seen in Dallas schools is part of a larger national move away from inner cities for many black families, but the plunge is steeper in Dallas ISD than other urban districts in Texas and is among the biggest declines nationally.

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