Failure to educate people of color will ruin the Dallas economy


Racially segregated schools and Dallas’ continuing failure to educate people of color puts our city on track for a losing economy in the next 10 years.

Two recent publications highlight that potential crisis. One is a story from The Atlantic investigating the tragic depths and coming consequences of public school segregation in Dallas.

Another is the J.P. Morgan Chase “New Skills at Work” report presented to City Council Wednesday.

The report spells out the disparity in education and success among white, black and Hispanic residents. And it points out that there are about 42,000 jobs open in Dallas every year for which there are not enough skilled workers.

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Because of that education gap, black and Hispanic Dallasites are far more likely to suffer unemployment and working poverty. Dallas’ 24.4 percent poverty rate is well above the national average of 14.5 percent.

Twenty five percent of Hispanics in Dallas are living in poverty. For African Americans, the rate is not much better at 23 percent. For white people in Dallas, the poverty rate is lower than the national average, at 8 percent.

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Chase made a number of suggestions that began and ended with education.

The Dallas economy is strong now, but The Atlantic story cautions that Dallas’ failure to educate people of color will result in a huge percentage of our population being unprepared for college and careers. That could quickly dismantle our economy.

Check out the Dallas Observer’s astute assessment of the article’s hits and misses.

By |2016-03-02T16:12:29-05:00March 2nd, 2016|News|6 Comments

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Rachel Stone is the Oak Cliff editor. Email rstone@advocatemag.com or follow twitter.com/advocate_oc.                                     


  1. […] recent report from J.P. Morgan Chase found that people of color are far less likely to graduate from high school in Dallas, and those who do graduate are less likely to be prepared for college or technical […]

  2. Gary Perrone April 15, 2016 at 12:14 PM

    I think it is important for students to have a proper facility in which to study and learn. The reports on the condition of South Oak Cliff HS alone shows how the City of Dallas has traditionally disregarded the part of the city south of the river while it continually spends and wastes money on foolish projects.

    The problem may be segregation, or just plain racism. Maybe the city simply does not think these children are worthwhile. It will vote on whether or not to spend a great deal of money to update this school. This is a result of complete irresponsibility on the part of the department of education and city hall throughout the years.

    Of course, as I experience firsthand the deterioration of the streets surrounding my neighborhood and the decay of other buildings and homes it comes as no surprise some schools are falling apart as well.

  3. KeepOurFreedoms March 11, 2016 at 2:04 PM

    Why aren’t they being taught by the schools and parents? Oh yeah, it starts with discipline. That isn’t allowed anymore.

  4. Anthony D. Brewer March 10, 2016 at 7:35 AM

    It is the peoples’ responsibility to educate themselves or the process is useless. By the way, please explain how these schools are “segregated”…simply because a school is 98% Hispanic, White, or Black does not mean that it is “segregated”.

  5. Randall White March 2, 2016 at 7:50 PM

    Well done, Rachel.

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