How Does Open Enrollments Affect Racial Makeup in Roseville School District?
A new University of Minnesota study shows the enrollment flows between 'sender' and 'receiver' districts. The Roseville result might surprise you.
Open enrollment between school districts has increased racial segregation in Twin Cities schools, according to new University of Minnesota research that includes data and analysis of school districts in and Roseville.
Click on the PDF thumbnail at right to see the report Open Enrollment and Racial Segregation by the University of Minnesota Law School's Institute on Metropolitan Opportunity.
Read or listen to Minnesota Public Radio's news report on the study .
Here are some excerpts from the report about how the Roseville district has been affected by open enrollment—please leave a comment below.
Roseville: Roseville interacts extensively with St. Paul (Map 3), sending 320 students and receiving 518 students in 2009-10. This net inflow from St. Paul represented exactly half of the district’s net enrollment gain from OE. However, the compositions of the two flows are drastically different—23 percent of out-going students were white compared to 65 percent of incoming students.
This difference means that, overall, the district’s white share of students increases as a result of OE.
St. Paul School District: Nearly 2,500 students in total open enrolled out of St. Paul district in 2009-10.The district interacted primarily with three neighboring suburbs—Roseville, North St. Paul-Maplewood and West St. Paul-Mendota Heights. Open enrollees to Roseville and North St. Paul-Maplewood were mostly white—518 students, 65 percent white to Roseville and 744 students,54 percent white to North St. Paul-Maplewood—with a more diverse flow to West St. Paul-Mendota Heights-Eagan (419 students, 47 percent white).
These three districts were the destinations for 71 percent of the white students who left St. Paul (933 of 1,309). Overall, the district’s net loss of white students was 857. In St. Paul, 26 percent of resident students werewhite, while 53 percent of outflows were white