IntroductionThere's nothing the school can do.
Latisha Robinson, a black eighth-grader in Elk Grove, CaliforniaYou've got to have to want to do better.
Kiarra Gibson, her classmate
The student body of Cedarbrook Middle School in a Philadelphia suburb is one-third black, two-thirds white. The town has a very low poverty rate, good schools, and a long-established black middle class. But an eighth-grade advanced algebra class that a reporter visited in June 2001 contained not a single black student. The class in which the teacher was explaining that the 2 in 21 stands for 20, however, was 100 percent...