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Allentown School District receives a failing report card

Allentown School District receives a failing report card

ALLENTOWN, Pa. - It's no secret the Allentown School District has a tough time making the grade.

Thursday a grassroots group, focusing on addressing what they feel are racial and ethnic disparities within the district, visited the administration building.

"Fix our schools, fix our schools, fix our schools," they chanted down Hamilton Street to the front door of the Allentown School District administration building.

About two dozen members of Campaign for Change delivered the failing report card to the district.

"For far too long the school district is allowed to do what it's been doing. No one is really calling for any change in any kind of direct way," said Pastor Gregory Edwards.

The group failed the district in five categories: attention to all students, diversity of staff, financial management, human dignity and academic achievement.

William Allen High student Keianna Johnson agrees with the failing grades but does admit, class size is overgrown, and many students can be distracting for those who want to learn.

"Sometimes teachers only teach one side of the room and let the bad kids do something else," she said.

It's no secret the district is in distress.

Over the past few years the district has gotten a failing academic grade from the state.

This as hundreds of positions have been cut, while the administration deals with consistent multimillion dollar budget deficits.

Campaign for Change said Thursday's goal wasn't about confrontation, but future conversation.

"So our mission was come here successfully with no problems or anyone stopping us," Dejour Scott said.

The district said they had no idea the group was coming and the superintendent wasn't in the building, but in a statement the district said, "Our teachers and administrators work very hard to assist our students to succeed and overcome the great challenges that so many of them face."

This isn't the last the district will hear of Campaign for Change.

The group says they have several more statements to make throughout the summer.

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