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THE STATE

A New Approach to School Equality

Fifty years after Brown ruling, parents and officials downplay racial balance in favor of better education for California's minorities.

May 15, 2004|Duke Helfand, Jean Merl and Joel Rubin | Times Staff Writers

*--* District Total schools Segregated schools % Segregated Compton Unified 1981 36 34 94.4 2003 40 40 100 Inglewood Unified 1981 19 16 84.2 2003 20 20 100 Lynwood Unified 1981 12 7 58.3 2003 14 14 100 Paramount Unified 1981 12 0 0 2003 18 15 83.3 Montebello Unified 1981 27 5 18.5 2003 29 23 79.3 Santa Ana Unified 1981 36 7 19.4 2003 56 43 76.8 Pomona Unified 1981 32 2 6.3 2003 40 28 70 Baldwin Park Unified 1981 19 0 0 2003 22 15 68.2 Los Angeles Unified 1981 703 206 29.3 2003 693 370 53.4 Oxnard Elementary 1981 16 1 6.3 2003 21 11 52.4

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Enrollment in California public schools, by ethnic designation

California's public school enrollment grew from 4,046,156 in 1981-82 to 6,244,403 in 2002-03 as the Latino school population nearly tripled, replacing whites as the state's largest group.

*--* Ethnicity Total enrolled % of total enrollment Hispanic 1981-82 1,045,186 25.8% 2002-03 2,819,504 45.2% White non-Hispanic 1981-82 2,282,828 33.7% 2002-03 2,106,042 56.4% Black non-Hispanic 1981-82 399,171 8.3% 2002-03 515,805 9.9% Asian 1981-82 221,899 5.5% 2002-03 502,676 8.1% Other 1981-82 97,072 2.4% 2002-03 300,376 4.8%

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Source: Calif. Dept. of Education data with analysis by Richard O'Reilly, director of computer analysis and Sandra Poindexter, data analyst.

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Richard O'Reilly, The Times' director of computer analysis, and data analyst Sandra Poindexter contributed to this report.

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