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A study says public schools are slipping back into racial segregation.
The study by the Civil Rights Project at Harvard University found, through a nationwide analysis of enrollments from the 2000-2001 school year, a growing number of black and Latino students attend schools where the majority of students are minorities.
Similarly, white students are found more likely to attend schools where most of their classmates also are white.
"Martin Luther King's dream is being honored in theory and dishonored in the decisions and practices that are turning our schools back to segregation," said Professor Gary Orfield, co-director of The Civil Rights Project.
The study showed the process of resegregation has been most rapid in the South, where civil rights legislation aimed at integrating schools had the most dramatic results in the 1960s and 1970s.