Inequality In High Schools

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When I was a high school student, I noticed as the years went by, my high school performed worse and deteriorated academically. Flashing back on this, I question why my high school performs worse each year, and why are other schools improving in my area. This trend begins to have detrimental effects on the student’s education since it creates inequality in the quality of education students in my high school receive. The white flight phenomenon and residential segregation create the inequality on the quality of education and resources available to students in K-12 education.
White Flight is when many white families move out of the cities and into the suburbs. This phenomenon took place in my high school as the enrollment of white students dropped significantly during the four years I studied there. I knew some of those students, and they decided to go to a private high school in the area. Since the enrollment of students has dropped, our funding for educational resources had decreased which led to a lower quality of education. The demographics of the areas surrounding the school are also changing which further perpetuated the education inequality the students experience through residential segregation.
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They score lower on standardized tests compared to their wealthier peers (Downey & Gibbs). This trend creates a cycle for low-income students to not have the same opportunities compared to high-income students. The disparities are present on many college applications. Low-income students have lower ACT and SAT scores because they do not have the same educational resources and the money to afford prep classes or tutors to help them. This leads to more high-income students in prestigious

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