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Race in suburban schools

Picture the suburbs. Before Arcade Fire, there was Leave It to Beaver, the white picket fence, perfectly manicured lawns. You’re probably not conjuring an image of a diverse place.

Yet data show the suburbs are increasingly diversifying. Today more than one-third of all suburban residents are people of color.

As the suburbs are diversifying so are their schools. Yet even in a diverse and well-resourced school district, a racial achievement gap remains.

Dr. L’Heureux Lewis-McCoy studied one Midwestern suburban school district to find out why. He wrote up his findings in the book, Inequality in the Promised Land: Race, Resources and Suburban Schooling.