Increased segregation of Boston schools could deepen racial, economic divides, say advocates

John Hilliard and Emily Williams

The increase in segregation of the Boston Public School system — decades after court-ordered busing strove to help diversify the city’s schools — will worsen divisions among families along racial and economic lines, parents and education advocates said Sunday.

The concerns came a day after the Globe reported that more of the city’s schools are segregated now than they were two decades ago — in many cases, leaving students of color increasingly isolated in low-performing schools.

Madison recently expanded its least diverse schools.