The resegregation of Boston Public Schools is analyzed in the Sunday Boston Globe’s cover story. Highlighted is the return to neighborhood schooling, and the subsequent majority-white student population at the North End’s Eliot K-8 School.
The majority-white schools are emerging in the same neighborhoods that had them prior to court-ordered desegregation. At the Perry K-8 in South Boston, more than 60 percent of students are white, the highest in the system, the Globe review found. The other majority-white schools are the Eliot K-8 in the North End, the Lyndon and Kilmer K-8s in West Roxbury, and the Warren-Prescott K-8 in Charlestown. Collectively, these five schools educate about 1,400 white students, accounting for 18 percent of all Caucasians enrolled in the system. The largest number of white students in any single school in the system, about 1,125, attend Boston Latin School, filling 46 percent of seats there.
According to the Globe’s data, the Eliot school has gone from having over 50% black students in the 1997-1998 school year to nearly 60% white in 2017-2018. The change is largely attributed to the halt in court-mandated busing between Boston neighborhoods.
Eliot students also show high performance on test scores, well above State averages. Notably, higher income parents help fund extra programs to support students.
… of the revamped MCAS test in 2017, 52 percent of students at the Eliot met or exceeded expectations in English and 57 percent did in math, beating state averages in both subjects. At the King K-8 school, where students of color fill nearly all the seats, 8 percent of students met or exceeded expectations in English and 6 percent did in math. Eliot parents also raise tens of thousands of dollars for Italian, music, art, robotics, and other programs. Less than a quarter of Eliot students live in poverty. By contrast, over three-quarters of students at the King school live in households receiving government assistance, making fund-raising more difficult.