In Seattle, school segregation is actually getting worse

It's been 40 years since Seattle schools first tried — and failed — to integrate. Today, data suggest segregation persists across the district.

Seattle public schools are becoming more divided when it comes to race. For years, the city made an effort to integrate schools with a busing program, to mixed success. But while residential desegregation continues to progress in Seattle, schools have been resegregating over the past few decades. Because of this, a school’s student body can look very different depending on what neighborhood it is in.

About the Authors & Contributors

Liz Brazile

Liz Brazile was Crosscut's former Emerging Journalist Fellow focused on public education in Seattle and Washington State. You can find her on Twitter @LizBrazile.