It is an analysis of new demographic data released by the District. The Notebook article finds that there are still “persistent inequities in resources and achievement” based on race in the Philadelphia's schools.
Among other important facts mentioned in the article is this:
A 2003 study conducted by Research for Action found that over a three-year period, gaps in the percentage of uncertified teachers between the District’s predominantly nonwhite schools and schools with more White students had actually widened. A recent analysis updating these trends found that gaps in certification, turnover rates, and teacher experience persist.
School CEO Paul Vallas is implementing an array of new programs, which he argues will “lift all boats,” but take a look at this article and see how much more slowly progress has been achieved for students of color.