Lawsuit: Proposed Philly School Closings Are Racially Biased

Want to bring a proposed school closing to a dead halt? Try a lawsuit. The group Action United has filed suit against the Philly school district, complaining that the pattern of proposed school closings is racially discriminatory:

Action United spokeswoman Quanisha Smith (third from left in photo) says African-American students make up 56 percent of the district’s students but 81 percent of those in the schools being closed.

“These recommended closures will create educational deserts in African-American communities,” she said today.

Action United has asked for a moratorium on the closures.

The group has an ally in Councilwoman Jeannie Blackwell.

“Nobody can figure out any other reason why they’re doing it,” she said,  “so naturally (the minorities) say, ‘We’re being picked upon.’ [KYW Newwsradio]

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  • critical mass

    This strikes me as somewhat skewed information. I would like to see the breakdown of races by schools, since every time I look at statistics about Philadelphia public schools, with a few exceptions they are predominantly African-American, as in 90-99%. Which schools are not? The magnet schools (Central, Masterman, Gamp, Creative and Performing Arts) are all about 30 to 45% African American, so where are these white schools? In the Northeast?

  • Gail Formosa

    It has nothing to do with race,Ho hum so sick of the race card.I would like to know actually how many studants are actually learning something period regardless of the race,creed,or color or religion.I bet not many and If it will lower the taxes I am for it because most are not learing much any way