Expanding METCO and Closing Achievement Gaps

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The paper begins by examining segregation in the United States and in Massachusetts. While schools became more racially balanced in the 1970s, that trend has been reversed in more recent decades. In Massachusetts more than one quarter of African American students and similar numbers of Hispanic students attend heavily segregated schools. Segregation may play a part in explaining the achievement gap, as minority students in less segregated schools outperform their peers in more integrated systems.

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