This article was written a year ago, but there is no doubt that the trend lines towards resegregation are only getting worse.

Just this week, we learned that the Republican legislature in Kentucky is about to eliminate one of the nation’s most successful programs of school desegregation.

Last May, on the anniversary of the Brown decision, Emma Brown of the Washington Post wrote that public schools are resegregating.

This should not be surprising, because federal courts have gradually but decisively withdrawn from their role as enforcers of desegregation. District after district has been relieved of court orders, and new ones are not forthcoming. Similarly, the U.S. Department of Education has become passive in the face of resegregation. I have often said that Arne Uncan wasted a historic opportunity to encourage integration. Imagine if Race to the Top had offered state’s and districts financial incentives for increasing desegregation instead of test scores. We now know that “Race to the Top” was a flop. It advanced the school choice movement but didn’t help students or communities. DeVos picked up where Arne left off, promoting privatization of public schools.

Brown writes:

Poor, black and Hispanic children are becoming increasingly isolated from their white, affluent peers in the nation’s public schools, according to new federal data showing that the number of high-poverty schools serving primarily black and brown students more than doubled between 2001 and 2014.

The data was released by the Government Accountability Office on Tuesday, 62 years to the day after the Supreme Court decided that segregated schools are “inherently unequal” and therefore unconstitutional.

That landmark decision in Brown v. Board of Education began the dismantling of the dual school systems — one for white kids, one for black students — that characterized so many of the nation’s communities. It also became a touchstone for the ideal of public education as a great equalizer, an American birthright meant to give every child a fair shot at success.

But that ideal appears to be unraveling, according to Tuesday’s GAO report.

The proportion of schools segregated by race and class — where more than 75 percent of children receive free or reduced-price lunch and more than 75 percent are black or Hispanic — climbed from 9 percent to 16 percent of schools between 2001 and 2014. The number of the most intensively segregated schools — with more than 90 percent of low-income students and students of color — more than doubled over that period.

It seems we are hurtling backwards into the past. On matters of economics, social security, race, and schooling.