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School Segregation: When Students Self-Segregate

Yasmeen Elayyan is teaching a class, holding up a children's book as part of a read-aloud with her students.  One student is answering a question, and the rest of the students are looking at her.

School segregation is a heady topic in debates about local and national education policy:  school closings predominantly impacting Black students, the concentration of low-income students in certain neighborhood schools and special education seats at charter schools vs. public schools.

Alumna Yasmeen Elayyan, BA Urban Education: Elementary Education '14, is taking on a different form of segregation:  when students choose to isolate themselves with certain groups in the classroom.