The Early Years of the School District of Philadelphia
The School District of Philadelphia was established in 1818, although the school board was not created until a number of years later. The Encyclopedia of Greater Philadelphia states that changes in the city at that time prompted the state government to establish a public school district, when crime and poverty were becoming huge issues for the growing city. The school system was designed to provide a public education to the city’s poor children after forcing their free entry into private schools did not work as planned.
- African-American students (64 percent)
- Hispanic students (15 percent)
- White students (13 percent)
- Asian American students (5 percent)