Report: Open enrollment creates more segregation in metro schools


Minnesota's open enrollment policy has created more racial segregation in Twin Cities-metro area school districts, says a new University of Minnesota report set for release Friday.

The first-of-its-kind study reports that open enrollment, established in 1988 to allow families to choose the district they want for their children, has led to white students leaving racially diverse districts, MPR reports.

Among the report's findings: The three large city districts of Minneapolis, St. Paul and St. Cloud each lose substantial numbers of students under open enrollment. Loss of white students to nearby districts represents a large majority of each district's net losses.

The study that examines 69 metro school districts likely will draw the attention of legislators who have just convened a new session, MinnPost notes.

MinnPost also notes this context: Schools in the 11-county Twin Cities area are still majority white, about 70 percent, according to data from school year 2009-2010, which could help explain why more white families have opted for open enrollment.

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