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Although Maryland was expected to have an easier time with desegregation than many other states, after the initial efforts in the 1950s it quickly fell dangerously behind even southern states. When federal courts and the federal Office for Civil Rights made a major push in the 1970s for desegregation, Maryland in fact made less progress than almost any of the other 16 states with a history of segregation by law, reflected by the fact that in 1980 black students in Baltimore and D.C. were attending schools where over 75% of other students were nonwhite. In 2010-2011, a typical white student would attend a school with 27.2% low-income students, while a typical black student attended a school with 54.6% low-income students. Additionally, during the last couple of decades, the number of majority minority schools has nearly doubled, and the number of intensely segregated schools has more than doubled, Today, most Maryland school districts are either multiracial or predominantly white, and two-fifths of white students are generally concentrated with other white students. Many of these issues are centered in Prince George’s County. Despite the challenges, there are countless advocates, parents, and educators who are dedicated to increasing school integration and bringing more diversity to Maryland classrooms.









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