South Pinellas schools resegregating faster
The latest enrollment counts show the resegregation of south Pinellas schools is continuing and in some cases accelerating. That's no surprise, given the return to neighborhood schools, but it puts an exclamation point on the challenge the district faces in keeping its legal promise to black students.
Here are 3-year trend figures for 14 Pinellas schools that now have a majority of black students. The percentage of black students increased at all but one of them this year.
Trend lines show the re-seg rate slowing at Gibbs and Lakewood high schools, and at Bay Point Middle School. The rate was up at John Hopkins Middle and at six of 10 elementary schools.
The percentage of black students at Fairmount Park Elementary grew from 69 to 86. The percentage at Woodlawn Elementary grew from 42 to 60.
Only Sanderlin Elementary showed no increase in the percentage of black students.
- Ron Matus and Donna Winchester, education reporters