and Del Obispo
elementary schools are just an athletic field apart, but for many in San Juan Capistrano, Calif.
, the gap is a potent symbol of an issue that has roiled this south Orange County
town in recent years: school segregation. The schools are on the edge of a middle-class, mostly white neighborhood. Del Obispo's students are about 55% white, and Kinoshita's enrollment is about 95% Latino. Privately, district officials say they are troubled by the schools that are mostly Latino. But they say that any attempt to redraw attendance boundaries would spark a backlash from parents, and that Latino and white parents don't want their kids bused to schools across town to achieve integration. To read The Los Angeles Times article, click here