Some public schools are terrible. (Well, all are terrible, just on different metrics.) And the latest trend in neighborhoods served by terrible public schools is to oppose fixing them.
Yes, this article points out that community members want their schools to be good, but to not change. I'd say these folks aren't strict adherents to logic, but I could say the same thing in fewer words by labeling them "Obama voters."
"The recurrent theme is that communities are fed up with substandard education, but want solutions that will not create upheaval at the schools, which are often seen as pillars of stability in neighborhoods where social fabric is fragile," the article notes. As if these schools are failing because of peeling paint and outdated computer technology.
Perhaps the problem is that these community members are the products of the failing schools themselves. You know, the schools that have taught Americans government is inherently good, redistribution has only good consequences, and people who have more than you must have come by it nefariously. No wonder they think that "different but the same" is a valid option.