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In Seattle, school segregation is actually getting worse

It's been 40 years since Seattle schools first tried — and failed — to integrate. Today, data suggest segregation persists across the district.

March 28, 2019

Seattle public schools are becoming more divided when it comes to race. For years, the city made an effort to integrate schools with a busing program, to mixed success. But while residential desegregation continues to progress in Seattle, schools have been resegregating over the past few decades. Because of this, a school’s student body can look very different depending on what neighborhood it is in.


Jen Dev

Jen Dev is a video producer at Crosscut and KCTS 9 focusing on race and immigration issues. She was born in Italy and raised on three continents before finding a second home in Seattle. Prior to Crosscut, Jen worked with nonprofits, news organizations and higher ed institutions including Columbia University, Italian newspaper La Stampa and Google News Lab startup First Draft News. 

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Liz Brazile

Liz Brazile is an Emerging Journalist Fellow at Crosscut focused on issues and solutions related to equity in education and health systems. She is an alumna of YES! Magazine, WLWT-TV, and The Cincinnati Herald. Her work has also appeared in Rewire.News and USA TODAY. You can find her on Twitter @LizBrazile or reach her via email at

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