Study shows income segregation among districts of Birmingham area schools

Published: Aug. 26, 2016 at 2:28 AM CDT|Updated: Aug. 26, 2016 at 2:48 AM CDT
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BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - Schools in and around Birmingham are among the most segregated in the country, in terms of income.

That's according to data gathered by EdBuild, a non-profit organization focused on bringing fairness to the way states pay for schools.

A map on the EdBuild website shows the border between Birmingham City Schools and two other school districts, Vestavia Hills and Mountain Brook.

The study says those borders are among the worst income segregated in the nation.

Hoover City and Shelby County Schools also made the list comparing the income difference to Birmingham City Schools.

EdBuild says because property taxes play a role in school funding, well-off communities separate their own neighborhoods from low-income areas and needy students.

The study shows this is happening more in the U.S.

Hezekiah Jackson with the Metro Birmingham NAACP says what this shows is that work still needs to be done.

"If these are young persons who are in areas where they already have resources and have tools in comparison to Birmingham and other areas where the study shows where most of us know it's no real comparison, then a greater investment should be placed in those students who have been left behind because of their economic disparities," said Jackson.

Jackson says these disparities have existed for a while.

And he says organizations, elected officials and concerned citizens need to find ways to help parents in poverty so they can have other options for their children.

Here is a link to the full EdBuild study:

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