Date of Graduation
Honors Research Project
Bachelor of Arts in Education
Adolescent to Young Adult - Integrated Mathematics
Dr. Lynne M. Pachnowski
Dr. Gary Holliday
Dr. Francis Broadway
Although segregation has been ruled illegal and unethical in several landmark court cases, the segregation of Black and White students is still prominent in many of the public schools of Cuyahoga County and Summit County. In this paper, I analyze enrollment data from the Ohio Department of Education to determine the percentage of African American students attending intensely segregated school buildings in Cuyahoga County and Summit County. I find evidence that high percentages of students attend such schools, but these percentages have gone down slightly over the last 11 years in both counties. These counties have seen many changes in public-school enrollment in the last 11 years. Namely, both counties have seen an overall decrease in both the White and Black enrollment in public school buildings, and the percentage of African Americans in most public school buildings has declined while the percentage of Whites in most public schools has increased. I found that White populations increased most dramatically in schools that had reported higher Performance Index Scores in 2006 (during the 11 years that ensued), and Black populations also decreased most dramatically in such schools. This could imply a wide variety of reasons for the change in public-school enrollment in these counties.
Bednarz, Alexandra, "The Segregation of Black Students and White Students in Cuyahoga and Summit County Public Schools" (2018). Honors Research Projects. 754.