Los Angeles, CA - (WALK) New York State has the least diverse schools systems in the nation, according to a researchers at the University of California, Los Angeles. The study by the Civil Rights Project at UCLA also indicates Smithtown and Brentwood have the least diverse schools on Long Island.
According to the 30-page study released Tuesday the proportion of Asian and Latino students in New York State doubled between 1989 and 2010, while the number of white students decreased.
On Long Island in 1989, schools in Brentwood were approximately 44 percent white, while in 2010 the white student population was 8 percent, according to the study, defining Brentwood as a "predomiently non-white community." Smithtown's student body remained virtually unchanged in 20-years as "predominently white," with approximately 90 percent white students, according to published accounts.
Researchers suggest segregation in New York, and on Long Island, is the result of housing patterns, but "... those (students) segregated by race and class generally have less opportunities," said John Kuscera, one of the authors of the study.