We’ve just seen two strong signs that Philadelphia is on new path toward increasing the number of great school options available to children in our city.
First, we wanted to make sure you caught this op-ed in Monday’s Daily News that clearly articulates the shift toward quality schools. Helen Cunningham, a Philadelphia School Partnership board member and the executive director of the Samuel S. Fels Fund, offered an insightful look at the SRC’s recent tough decision on school closings, including its decision to keep open Stanton and Sheppard elementary schools.
Helen writes, “Behind these decisions is a bigger story that signals a new era for the nearly 200,000 students who attend Philadelphia’s public schools. By keeping open schools that are producing strong academic results for kids and closing the others, the SRC demonstrated its focus on the most important factor for children and families: school quality.”
Read the full article here: “School Closure Decisions Signal Emphasis on School Quality”
Next, the School District of Philadelphia announced today an unprecedented plan to expand the number of seats available in its high performing schools for the 2012-2013 school year.
Read the District’s announcement here.
We remain laser-focused on our goal of making quality schools available for all children in Philadelphia, supporting all kinds of great schools, regardless of their ideology, platform or political alliances. As we see from these recent decisions, momentum is clearly shifting towards our common goal of great schools for all kids.