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Summer 2005 Vol. 12 No. 4 Focus on Segregation & Equity

In a highly segregated system, many racial gaps

By by Michael Churchill and Paul Socolar

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.

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Community voices: some see room for improvement on equity issues

By by Deborah Russell-Brown


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Glimpses at success: great strides in some racially isolated schools

By by Liza Herzog

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.

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