Race and Education in IPS Schools

Isaiah Strong Butler University
Faculty Sponsor(s): Susan Adams Butler University
Beginning in the 1970s the Supreme Court implemented nationwide desegregation plans
across the nation’s K-12 schools. As time passed these mandates were repealed in response to
public outcry and the prevailing thought that the era of segregation was over. Since the 1990s
nationwide segregation patterns have re-emerged both in communities and schools. This research
examines the emergence of re-segregation patterns in the Indianapolis area, specifically in
Indianapolis Public Schools. In preliminary observations I analyzed the existing empirical
research and literature regarding the academic effects segregated schools have on students.
Particularly through comparison of outcome-based data such as test scores, graduation rates, and
college completion rates. This project examines also examines other educational elements such
as differences in technological capacity, college centers, tutoring programs in schools of varying
diversity. This analysis seeks to discover how diversity, or lack thereof, in IPS schools affects the
accessibility of important educational resources to students.
Oral Presentation

When & Where

09:15 AM
Jordan Hall 174