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Teranishi Describes New Form of School Segregation in Post-Affirmative Action California

In an recent article in Inside Higher Ed, Assistant Professor Robert T. Teranishi, of NYU Steinhardt's Department of Administration, Leadership, and Technology, describes a new form of school segregation that exists in post-affirmative action California.

Citing his own research, Teranishi notes that while California has tremendous diversity, 88 percent of high schools have a racial majority of one group. Of those schools, 44.7 percent have a white majority, while 43.4 percent have a black or Latino majority. Minority students who are admitted to top University of California campuses are more likely to have attended white majority schools.

Teranishi's research counters the argument that lack of merit by black students accounts for enrollment declines in post-affirmative action California.