NYT reporter says this one thing works to improve black achievement scores (audio)

tags: education, desegregation

HNN Editor: Nikole Hannah-Jones reports desegregation worked over a generation to raise black scores on achievement tests by 50 percent.  Then under the Reagan administration desegregation became discredited, busing was stopped, and blacks began slipping, thereby ending the most successful effort to date to bring black students in parity with white students. 

This American Life

Originally aired 7.31.2015

562: The Problem We All Live With

Right now, all sorts of people are trying to rethink and reinvent education, to get poor minority kids performing as well as white kids. But there's one thing nobody tries anymore, despite lots of evidence that it works: desegregation. Nikole Hannah-Jones looks at a district that, not long ago, accidentally launched a desegregation program.