De Facto Segregation Law and Legal Definition

During racial integration efforts in schools during the 1960’s, “de facto segregation” was a term used to describe a situation in which legislation did not overtly segregate students by race, but nevertheless school segregation continued.

An example for the usage is as follows: This Court has not had to deal with nonracially motivated de facto segregation, that is, racial imbalance resulting fortuitously in a school system based on a single neighborhood school serving all white and Negro children in a certain attendance area or neighborhood.[U.S. v. Jefferson County Bd. of Educ. 372 F.2d 836, 852 (C.A.La., 1966)]