By Dr. Marciene Mattleman

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Findings from the Civil Rights Project at the University of California reveal that Latinos are the fastest growing and the most segregated group in the U.S., particularly in large suburban communities that have undergone drastic demographic change.

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Isolation by family income adds to racial and ethnic separation. More than half the schools that have 90% black or Latino students are those where half or more are living at or below the poverty line.

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California is the most segregated in the nation for Latinos and it’s predicted that in 2014 Latinos will surpass whites to become its largest racial and ethnic group.

Gary Ordfield, co-author of the Project points out that housing and residential segregation remains at “the root of the problem” for achieving racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic diversity. After 60 years since the Supreme Court ruling, “segregation isn’t being addressed effectively and Latinos are more cut off from education opportunities than blacks.”

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