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Matt Sandgren

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Dr. Sarah Estelle, Economics

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The 1954 Brown v. Board of Education ruling determined that the notion of “separate but equal” schools for blacks and whites was unconstitutional, and desegregation plans were put in place soon thereafter. Current desegregation programs are designed to send students, generally underrepresented minorities, to schools in districts with a large population of non-minority students. Angrist and Lang (2004) find for one suburban, majority white district that test scores were unaffected by the presence of additional underrepresented minorities. However, the effect of desegregation on dropout rates at the district level is less clear. Using school district-level data from the U.S. Department of Education’s Common Core of Data (CCD), an annual survey of approximately 18,000 public schools districts nationwide, this research aims to determine the relationship between the diversity of a district and its dropout rate.