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Nearly 25 Percent of Wichita Schools Considered Single Race

School crossing sign (Photo by J. Schafer)
School crossing sign (Photo by J. Schafer)

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — The Wichita school district says seven years after it ended mandatory bussing, nearly a quarter of the district's 85 schools are considered single-race schools. Single-race schools have 60 percent or more of students of one race. The Wichita Eagle reports that some schools in predominantly black neighborhoods lost the racial balance they achieved with forced bussing. Minority student enrollment has dropped up to 40 percent in some schools in predominantly white neighborhoods, while some schools in mostly Hispanic schools have more than 95 percent Hispanic students. The Wichita district is spending millions every year to persuade families to enroll in certain schools. Superintendent John Allison says the district has a wide array of schools and it is ultimately up to parents to decide which school their children will attend.

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