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Aliquippa School District One Of The Most Economically Segregated In The Nation

Aliquippa School District is ranked among 50 districts nationally with the worst socioeconomic disparities with a bordering district.

Aliquippa’s border with Hopewell Area School District ranked No. 42 in an analysis conducted by nonprofit think tank EdBuild. There is a 31 percentage point poverty rate difference between the two districts.

Step from one side of Chapel Road in Aliquippa to the other side in Hopewell Township and the corresponding school district’s poverty rate drops from 39 percent to 8 percent.

In addition, the median household income more than doubles from $31,121 to $63,090. And the percentage of nonwhite students dives from 82 percent to 9 percent, EdBuild reported.

Western Pennsylvania has five such “segregated” borders in the country’s top 50 – the only ones in the state – according to the report “Fault Lines: America’s Most Segregating School District Borders,” which was updated with the most recently available figures and re-released last week.

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Lori Boone
Lori Boone
Lori DeLauter Boone has more than 20 years of experience in investigative and community journalism. She’s won more than a dozen regional, state and national journalism awards.

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Veritas
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Veritas

“Political bravery”
Invite PA state congressional representatives to comment on their willingness to propose mergers and you will see political bravery. Or not.
Imagine the super schools that could be created from a merger of Hopewell-Aliquippa-Central Valley, for example.
There are too many school districts wasting too much tax money maintaining the status quo. Make some mergers and you will make history with schools that are the envy of the nation.
Thank you, Countian, for continuing to report meaningful news.

HOTSHOT
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HOTSHOT

nothing will change but if you care vote the democrats out every where things will change believe me because there all in bed with each other. But its about time you people get out and vote to make this happen and if you dont then dont bitch !

Just Peachy
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Just Peachy

I’ll take Vertias’s suggestion and go one step further. In several states, school districts are done by COUNTY. Within that county there are, sometimes, several high schools, elementary and middle schools, depending on the size of the county’s population. They have ONE superintendent for the COUNTY district, which saves the districts money. Compare that to what we have now. For the students, the students whose schools once had limited resources because of their low student populations, i.e. Rochester, Aliquippa, now share numerous and more robust student resources that are already available at bigger schools, i.e. Central Valley. Combining schools helps ALL students, it helps ALL communities. We need people get away from the mentality, “but our football teams”, and put the education of our students first. Think of what these students could experience and learn if this county combined these schools, as Veritas said, they could be the envy of the nation.

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