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For professors, segregation begins at home 


  Schools are intensely segregated in many of the nation’s (outwardly progressive) college towns.    For many of us who study and write about school segregation, a bitter irony confronts us every day: The communities surrounding the colleges and universities where we work, and where many of us live, themselves tend to be quite segregated.    …
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