Socioeconomic Integration and Segregation

Socioeconomic segregation occurs when wealthy and advantaged students generally attend schools separately from low-income and disadvantaged students. Socioeconomic integration involves efforts by school systems to overcome that separation with conscious policies that consider the economic status of students in deciding where children will attend school. Because residential neighborhoods in the United States are often economically segregated, socioeconomic integration frequently requires students to travel to schools beyond their neighborhoods.


The de facto segregation of students by socioeconomic status in U.S. public schools has long been of general concern for policymakers, but it is only in recent years that explicit efforts to promote socioeconomic integration have been adopted. The new focus on socioeconomic integration has been spurred in part by court decisions that reduce the ability of ...

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