There is no answer the public school children. Furthermore, there is not answer the educators except to go and work for a Charter school. ‘You cut your nose off to spite your face.’ What an appropriate quote to analogize what’s going on with the School District and the SRC. In short, public schools eventually fail (indirectly because of the School Districts lack of governance). The SRC grants chaters for Charter Schools to open up. Chart schools are a reincarnation of public schools with a different mask on. Eventually the Charter school fails and the another charter is granted to a school to see if they can get it right.
We read about the insulting contract offer to Philadelphia teachers: cut their pay and benefits, lengthen their work day, eliminate seniority, water fountains, supplies, teachers’ lounges, parking areas. No more bonuses for advanced degrees or national board certification. Did they leave anything out? The school leaders must have laughed their heads off dreaming up whatever they could think of to punish and humiliate and demean their teachers.
An educator in Philadelphia writes about the School Reform Commission’s determination to expand charter schools while starving public schools of resources:
“We keep reading stories of malfeasance by Charter CEO’s, yet the SRC and powers that be, claim that parents choose Charter Schools. Many students have addresses without a neighborhood school. If these families want to send their children to public school, they have to make an application at the School District Headquarters, which may be miles from home. The former neighborhood schools…
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