Exclusion in Public Education in Georgia’s Black Belt Districts
The Georgia Budget and Policy Institute (GBPI) analyzed a sample of school districts in Georgia to better understand the disadvantages faced by students attending schools in Georgia’s Black Belt districts. The Black Belt region describes those districts with a history of slavery, those with a majority African American population, and those with a high rate of poverty. The study found that students in Black Belt school districts are afforded fewer opportunities than those in other Georgia districts. 21 percent of Black Belt district students are likely to be taught by inexperienced teachers and the budgets of these schools are impacted significantly by low enrollment rates. Based on these findings, GBPI recommends updated policy initiatives to better serve historically disadvantaged communities.