In Erie, The School Integration Plan That Could Fast-track Equity

Jul 26, 2016

 

Whitney Henderson (right) with Dominique Booker are both Strong Vincent High School students in Erie, Pa.
Credit Kevin McCorry / WHYY

In the waning days of the school year, a group of students at Strong Vincent High School in the city of Erie sat around a large wooden table in the library, discussing how they feel their school is perceived out in the suburbs.

Nathan Stevens, a white junior, was one of the first to chime in.

"We're a city school and the surrounding districts are higher income and they always think that they're better than us," he said. "That's just how it works around here."

Whitney Henderson, an African-American sophomore, spoke next...

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