Updated to include Paden numbers.
KQED, piggybacking on the great This America Life show on schools and segregation, which uses the Normal Rockwell title and painting of Ruby Bridges to evoke the general feel of the piece, tackles the issue from a Bay Area perspective. Listening to some of the comments of the parents who were upset with students from a failing school district being bused to their district was very difficult in the This American Life piece.
Yesterday someone asked if the trend in Alameda is similar to what is happening in San Francisco and the answer is, “not really.” The only school that comes close to being “racially isolated” which is defined as 60% or more of one race is Edison at 59.5%.
I put all the elementary school data from the latest available on Ed-Data to show the difference between what the demographics are at the general AUSD level and then compared to the individual elementary schools. I also compared each individual school against the district wide numbers to show how individual schools’ population differ from the district wide numbers. Here’s an example of my kids’ school: Ruby Bridges.
Here are the numbers in number-y form, the difference between the district wide demographics and at the individual elementary school level:
The more startling difference is the number of kids that receive free or reduced lunches (which is typically the gauge of the socioeconomics of the school).