Chat 'n Chew: Connecting Education and Public Health
December 16, 2015
Who's Next: 16 Young Teachers and Leaders Shaping Philly Education
March 27, 2015
Apply for SEED 5.0
December 29, 2015
Fresh Thinking for City Schools
May 27, 2013
The headlines coming out of the School Reform Commission meeting a couple of weeks ago were predictable: five charter-school renewals approved, one denied; protesters urging the SRC to halt charter-school expansion; others decrying the closing of public schools. All this against the backdrop of another multimillion-dollar funding shortfall and the specter of a "doomsday" budget.
But closing schools is not reform - it's arithmetic: When you're drowning in red ink, you just try to stay afloat. But we also know that those who innovate - those to whom failure is an option - turn out to be the winners in the long run. So reform of the plodding tanker that is our school system ought to look highly experimental, with hundreds - no, thousands - of out-of-the-box pilot programs throughout the district.