Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Philadelphia Gets Its Schools Back

After Years of Failed ‘Choice,’ Philadelphia Gets Its After Years of Failed Choice: Philadelphia Gets Its Schools Back

Jeff Bryant
Despite the strong marketing for “school choice” by politicians and U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos, communities that know firsthand what it’s like to have lots of “options,” like charter schools and vouchers, have found what’s more important is to have a voice in how their schools are governed and operated.
That’s the lesson to draw from Philadelphia, where the school district is about to complete a transition to local control after 16 years of governance by a state-appointed commission that emphasized cutting expenses and staff, closing neighborhood schools, and expanding charters.

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