My old school in NJ didn't have enough books for each student. We shared books. My parents and everyone else assumed that it was because there was no money for books. Our highschool did not have language courses either. We had metal detectors, we had 4 armed security guards though. We were suppose to spend our senior year at NJIT (New Jersey Institute of Technology) which was an excellent college. None of this happened.
Why were we not able to take advantage of this, corruption. Not exclusively white corruption, but we had a black mayor who was one fo the most corrupt politicians of all time known as Sharpe James.
They people had faith in him because he was a black man with power. The dude only cared about his own pocket. He put family and friends who were unqualified in positions in the government and they siphoned the money off. Don't believe me, look it up.
Mark Zuckerberg donated 100,000,000 in to 2010, 15 years after I graduated highschool. Many rich white folks in outlying communities matched his donation so that it was a 200 million dollar grant given to the city. COREY BOOKER the light-skinned savior of the Democratic party along with Christie. The money was squandered.
Hald went to teachers, then a huge chunk went to bureaucratic salaries... the kids saw slightly higher graduation rates but that was mainly in charter schools.
Look at the grad rates of schools like Newark Central Highschool, Shabazz, Newark Vocational and Technical and you will see nothing profound has taken place.
This is a class issue first, a race issue second.