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Study: NYS schools most segregated
Fairport, N.Y. -- A new study released by the University of California at Los Angeles said New York state has the most segregated schools in the country.
The Civil Rights Project of UCLA said there is extreme school segregation and inequality, and no action will lead to a damaged future for students.
Done in 2009, it found in public schools that were the most segregated students were black and Latino, with less than 10 percent white enrollment.
It also said white students across the state had the lowest exposure to other demographics.
Fairport Central School District Interim Superintendent Dr. William Cala told 13WHAM segregation has long been an issue in Rochester-area schools.
Cala said there is a relationship between race and poverty, with a heavy concentration of low-income families living in the city.
Dr. Cala said this disparity doesn't prepare students for the workplace.
"We want to prepare our kids for the world that they're going to go out into, and that's not what the world is," said Dr. Cala. "Those aren't the demographics of the United States"
School officials have tried to combat the issue and integrate students with programs like Urban Suburban, but Dr. Cala said more needs to be done.