Recently, the EdWeek Research Center analyzed the demographic changes in our suburban public schools, updating a 2012 study which was the basis of The Resegregation of Suburban Schools, co-edited by Penn State education professor Erica Frankenberg and UCLA professor Gary Orfield.

Thanks to such efforts, we now know that, between 1999 and 2006, in the suburbs of our 25 largest metropolitan areas…

  • The number of white students declined by almost 9%, “indicating significant social change.”
  • Despite said decline, white students represented 60% of all suburban public-school students.

Between the 2006-7 and 2017-18 school years in the suburbs of our 25 largest metropolitan areas…

  • 48% of students were white and no longer a majority, falling from 7 million in 2006-7 to 5.5 million in 2017-18, an almost 20% drop.
  • The number of Hispanic, Asian, Pacific-Islander, and multi-racial students rose by 1.4 million.
  • The number of Hispanic students rose to just over 27%, rising from 2.3 million to 3.1 million.
  • The number of Asian students rose by nearly 17% to about 870,000.

As of the 2017-18 school year

  • Multi-racial students accounted for 4% of suburban public-school enrollees, which might explain the decline in Black students from 1.55 million in 2006-7 to about 1.45 million in 2017-18.
  • Less than 6% of students attended suburban public schools where at least 90% of students were white, down from more than 10% in 2006-7.

~ With my thanks, Carol