In the Wilkinsburg School District, almost half of students don’t graduate.
A third of students have been involved in incidents that threatened school safety. On state tests, 86.4 percent of 11th graders aren’t proficient in math and 68.3 percent aren’t proficient in reading.
The district is hemorrhaging students to charter schools. It borrowed $3 million for general operating expenses and has furloughed about 80 teachers in the past three years.
Some residents are taken aback when asked for their assessment of the district, seeing it as self-evident that the district has already fallen off the cliff.
“Honestly, it’s too far gone,” said Wilkinsburg resident Stephanie Shea. ”Code blue happened a while ago. At this point, it needs to be totally dismantled.”