Editors’ Choice: How we used math to explore racial segregation in Pennsylvania public school districting

American life is based on American thought. American thought is based on American values. And American values have a foundation in the public school system. So what happens when the American public school system is flawed?

Although the “separate but equal” school system was deemed unconstitutional in the 1954 ruling Brown v. Board of Education, America’s racist history remains prevalent in many of today’s school districts. This issue has not gone unnoticed: In October of 2014, the U.S. Department of Education released a press release stating that “Black students [are] to be afforded equal access to advanced, higher-level learning opportunities” in a New Jersey school district.

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This content was selected for Digital Humanities Now by Editor-in-Chief Brandan P. Buck based on nominations by Editors-at-Large: