61 Years After Brown vs Board, Resources Still Unequal


Despite it being 61 years since the U.S. Supreme Court’s Brown v. Board of Education ruling made the segregation of black students in schools unconstitutional, many schools across the country with large minority populations continue to receive fewer resources that allow it to offer a lesser education to its students than schools who hold a larger white population.

In honor of the 61st anniversary of the ruling that stated “separate educational facilities are inherently unequal,” The Huffington Post took a look at how black students were being educated across the country as of 2015, reports Rebecca Klein.

They found that many states continue to receive a significantly unequal amount of resources for black students in comparison to white students.  For example, high-minority districts in Nevada and Nebraska were found to receive far less state and local funding per student than low-minority districts, equaling as much as a 10% difference.

Such gaps could imply that these schools are unable to provide their students with updated textbooks or education-based technologies.  A number of school districts across the country cannot afford enough computers to accommodate their student body, while others do not have enough funding for an efficient Internet subscription.

Students at such schools were also found to have teachers with far less qualifications than those found in surrounding districts.

“Students who attend high-minority schools often receive instruction from the least-qualified teachers,” the Huffington Post reported before noting that President Obama has made strides to change such a drastically flawed distribution of educators. “In 2014, the White House announced the Excellent Educators for All initiative, which calls on states to develop plans that would more equitably distribute the best teachers.”

Data from the Urban Institute determined that while over 40% of black students are considered “high poverty” students, only less than 10% are considered “low poverty,” which means that a large number of black youth rely on the education system to give them access to resources they cannot find elsewhere.

However, inexperienced teachers and fewer resources have caused these students to remain in poverty, writes Taylor Gordon for The Atlanta Blackstar.

“White students and black students graduate high school at different rates,” the Huffington Post reported. “In 2013, 71 percent of African-American students graduated. Eighty-seven percent of white students did.”

In addition, data from the US Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights showed that black students are expelled or suspended from school almost three times as much as white students are beginning as early as preschool.  Data from 2011-2012 showed that black toddlers were far more likely to be suspended from their preschools than white toddlers.