Long Island’s Educational System
Publication Date: January 2007
Publisher(s): Rauch Foundation
Keywords: education; economics; racial inrqualities
Coverage: New York
The chasm between rich and poor on Long Island is vast. The social distance between racial and ethnic groups is wide. Most telling, of course, is that both of these divides are reflected in our patterns of residential location. Long Island is among the most racially segregated suburban regions in the nation. That pattern is complemented by a high degree of economic segregation. In many respects, the Long Island of the early 21st century reflects the trends of more than a century of social, residential and economic development that both responded to and perpetuated the pressures of embedded class and racial inequalities in our society at large.