According to Alan Richard, an early education reporter for the Hechinger Report, a spike in Pre-K enrollment may help to end segregation in D.C. schools.
About 84 preschoolers of the D.C. Pre-K school, Van Ness, are black. 60 of the preschoolers are white, 14 are Hispanic, and the few remaining students are of various Asian backgrounds, or listed as multiracial, according to the D.C. Public Schools. This makes Van Ness one of the District’s most diverse by race, ethnicity and social class. “Schools are becoming less, not more diverse,” says Cynthia Robinson-Rivers, head Van Ness. “The opportunity for a school like this is especially important.”
Washington has one of the nation’s highest quality preschool programs. It’s also one of the most segregated. In the 2013-14 school year, 86 percent of the city’s black pre-K students attended “racially isolated” nonwhite schools — the highest rate in the nation. Read more here.