Not unlike Detroit, since 1999, and several other Michigan districts predominantly filled with children of color, the education industry profiteers are the winners and neighborhood schools and families in this dreadful experiment.
What will happen in Philadelphia as Pennsylvania releases the school district from 17 years of badly bungled state control?
In a piece this week for Our Future, Jeff Bryant marks the emergence of the School District of Philadelphia from state oversight: “State control of Philadelphia’s schools came to an end in November 2017, when the state-imposed School Reform Commission (SRC), which governed the schools, voted itself out of existence…. The transfer of governing power is expected to be completed by June 30.”
The School District of Philadelphia has been a centerpiece of corporate school reform for years and years. The issues have always been money and the myth that privatization would relieve the state budget by establishing efficiencies to lower the expenses in the state’s largest and among its poorest school districts.
In 2000-2001, the state seized control of the district, established an appointed School Reform Commission to replace…
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