The School District, in connection with the city's long-running desegregation case, has released new data on the conditions of the city's racially segregated schools. For this and other reasons, the time is ripe to look at race and education in Philadelphia.
The Notebook asked parents and community activists of diverse backgrounds with connections to the School District’s predominantly nonwhite schools to talk about any differences in the level of support for those schools versus schools with more White students – and about what can be done to improve school equity districtwide. Here are some of the responses.
Over the past decade since Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court Judge Doris Smith-Ribner's ruling demanding improvements in what she called the “substandard quality of education in racially isolated minority schools,” much of the focus on the District's most racially segregated schools has been negative.
Attention has been drawn to those schools that are floundering. All but three of the 70 low-performing schools targeted for privatization and other management changes in the 2002 takeover were 90 percent or more students of color.