de facto segregation

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De facto segregation was a term used during the 1960s racial integration efforts in schools, to describe a situation in which legislation did not overtly segregate students by race, but nevertheless school segregation continued. In Balsbaugh v. Rowland, 447 Pa. 423, the court held that in relation to racial segregation "de facto" means segregation which does in fact exist, as distinguished from segregation which is imposed by law or by public authority, i.e., de jure.

[Last updated in September of 2022 by the Wex Definitions Team]