March 31, 2009

Sharp Growth in Suburban Minority Enrollment Yields Modest Gains in School Diversity

III. Suburban Schools in Minority Education

Suburban schools have become increasingly important educators of the nation’s minority student populations. In 1993-94, city school districts educated a majority of black and Hispanic students (Figure 4). Although the number of minority students enrolled in city school districts has increased, by 2006-07 city school districts educated less than half of minority student populations. In 2006-07, suburban schools educated 51% of the nation’s Asian students, 36% of the Hispanic students and 33% of the black students. For each minority student population, the share of students educated in suburban schools has significantly increased.