“City Schools’ Real Problem”

An op-ed in the Philadelphia Inquirer co-authored by the Law Center’s Michael Churchill highlights the real reason results are floundering in the School District of Philadelphia: funding. While state and local officials focus on standardized tests, charter schools, and changes in administration, there is little attention given to the fact that compared with school districts in neighboring counties, each Philadelphia classroom received an average of $50,000 less in funding in 2009-10. Until schools are given the resources they need, we can’t blame teachers and students for “failing to swim when our leaders have emptied the pool.”

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