Black flight in Dallas

Black parents and education leaders are pulling out of district-run schools in Dallas, reports the Morning News. Some black students go to charter schools; others are enrolled in suburban districts. 

It’s not a surprise to anybody that blacks are leaving DISD,” said Juanita Wallace, president of the Dallas NAACP. “We know that Hispanics are really taking over the school district. The whites are completely gone, and now blacks are going.”

The number of black students in DISD has fallen from 60,000 a decade ago to about 41,000 today. Meanwhile, suburban districts – such as Cedar Hill, Mansfield and DeSoto – and Dallas charter schools show growing numbers of black students. Though DISD’s overall enrollment of about 157,000 students is fairly flat, the percentage of Hispanic students has soared to 68 percent. The percentage of black students, the dominant group from 1975 to 1994, has dropped to 26 percent. White students now make up about 5 percent of the district, down sharply from 57 percent in 1970.

Some blacks say the district focuses on serving the needs of Hispanic students who speak English as a second language. Others say district schools are large and disorderly.

Black students have done poorly in Dallas schools, writes Matthew Ladner on Jay Greene’s blog.

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  1. The question that jumps out the article, for me at least, is “why aren’t Hispanic parents emulating black parents?”

    The answer appears to be, at least in part, that Hispanic parents haven’t learned the lesson that they can’t expect much in the way of an education for their kids from the Dallas school district, a lesson black parents have learned.


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