In the past year, there has been a large influx of immigrant children from "violence-ravaged" nations arriving on Long Island ["Segregation hurts immigrant kids," Opinion, Feb. 27].

Even before this influx, the Civil Rights Project at UCLA called Long Island "one of the most segregated and fragmented suburban rings in the country." Why have we not taken action to improve the school districts here?

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I believe it's because the segregation hurts the lower economic status areas. It cannot be beneficial to have a high population of "in need" children concentrated in one area. This causes students in these communities to receive a poorer education, resulting in lower test scores.

No action has been taken to resolve these problems because those who can help -- those in higher economic status areas -- are not directly affected; they feel it is not their problem to fix.

People tend to listen only to the problems that directly affect them. This is understandable, because they do not want to harm their children's education. However, it pulls us into a vicious cycle of neglecting problems instead of fixing them. This is a shame, because this prevents the children in the poorer communities from breaking out of this segregated system.

Emily McCann, Massapequa