Deep Structural Financial Crisis Continues in School District of Philadelphia

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Did you watch the puff pieces John Merrow put together for the News Hour on PBS for the past two evenings? They were about Philadelphia—the first about Science Leadership Academy, a collaboration between the School District of Philadelphia and the Franklin Institute and a highly selective school where students must submit applications to be accepted—and the second about several schools with open enrollment that, like the Science Leadership Academy, feature project-based learning.  According to Merrow’s report, the school district is opening such institutions to compete with charter schools.  The series of reports made the future of public education in Philadelphia look bright.

The reality is far more sober.  This blog has covered the ongoing financial crisis here and here.  In Philadelphia, Dale Mezzacappa just published a post-election update about the continuation of the dire financial crisis, a subject glossed over in Merrow’s report for PBS.  According to…

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