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Despite school desegregation laws, White parents have been fighting efforts to allow poorer Black students from failing districts to attend the same schools as their children.

As a result, school segregation has increased over the last three decades, Vox reports, citing an in-depth report on Sunday’s This American Life, which took a hard look at the difficulties of desegregation, “and how strong the resistance to school integration still is.”

Via Vox:

Nikole Hannah-Jones of The New York Times Magazine reported from Missouri’s Normandy School District, where Ferguson’s Michael Brown went to school before he was shot by police officer Darren Wilson last August:

“Students from Normandy began to integrate majority white schools in the St. Louis suburbs almost by accident, when Normandy lost its state accreditation. Students from the district, which was almost entirely black and had a dismal academic record, could transfer into Francis Howell

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