Desegregating Philadelphia Schools


Judge Denies District’s Request to End the Case

Following a report in 1992 by an independent committee that the School District of Philadelphia was still unacceptably segregated, Judge Doris Smith-Ribner denied District’s request to end the case, finding that the District was “failing or refusing to provide… a quality education to children attending racially isolated minority schools.” Though Judge Smith-Ribner found that there was little that could be done to address the actual segregation of the schools, she ordered the District to undertake numerous reforms to improve the quality of education for the minority students who made up the vast majority of the Philadelphia student body.