Still sort of mystified why poor parents and community leaders react so strongly against all your well-intentioned efforts to make their schools better? That's understandable. From the outside, it seems like craziness to protect a broken school.
But if you read this Harper's Magazine article about what happened to the poor black families stuck in crime-ridden public housing projects you might have a better sense. It's called The last tower and it chronicles how urban planners and politicians promised to make things better for the inhabitants of the long-blighted Cabrini Green housing projects in Chicago but have not only failed to make good on providing nearly enough affordable housing to replace what was lost but also failed to fully anticipate the unintended downsides of disbanding the tight-knight communities that had developed around the projects.
I'm not saying that Cabrini should still be there, or that long-broken schools deserve to continue without getting much much better, just that the resistance from low-income communities is understandable and that good intentions and lots of project planners don't guarantee that things are actually going to get better.