Educational Inequality on Long Island: Public Awareness and Support for Solutions

Publication Date: November 2008

Publisher: Stony Brook University Center for Survey Research; Long Island Index

Author(s): Leonie Hubby

Research Area: Education

Type: Report

Coverage: New York


Long Island has schools that are among the best in the nation. It also contains some poorly performing schools. Moreover, the large number of school districts on Long Island exacerbates the problem by isolating failing schools in small, less well funded school districts. Failing school districts stand apart from others in terms of the wealth and race of their students. In general, Black and Latino children attend schools with poor academic records and a largely minority student body in areas characterized by higher poverty rates than schools attended by most Whites on Long Island.