Great Schools Compact set to reshape city’s education landscape
by Benjamin Herold, for the Notebook/WHYY’s NewsWorks
Philadelphia already has some schools that are really good. So why not focus on sending those schools more money and more students? That’s the basic challenge facing the District, says Mark Gleason, the executive director of the Philadelphia School Partnership.
“Ideally, you could channel students and dollars out of programs and schools that are not getting the job done. We have plenty of those in Philadelphia,” said Gleason. “The goal should be to move those tax dollars and those kids into better performing schools.”
If you want to understand the seismic shifts that are already transforming the city’s educational landscape, you’d be wise to pay attention to Gleason. Through PSP, he has been facilitating the work of the city’s new Great Schools Compact, which commits the District to replacing or transforming 50,000 seats in low-performing schools with better options, many of which are likely to be in charters.