Friday, July 11, 2008
A Washington Post article on June 26 talked about the failure of privatization efforts in Philly.
Another failed school system that Paul Vallas ran into the ground (see Chicago, New Orleans.) yet nothing sticks to Teflon Paul who is contemplating getting out of New Orleans before the shit hits the fan, as it usually does when he is involved and running for political office in Illinois.
Is Edison dead-ism?
Is the article below a sign Philly Supt. Arlene Ackerman is a closet leftist status quoer who believes in throwing money at the problem with lower class sizes and other things that might make a real difference? Note that the program expires after 3 years, just little enough time to claim failure:
See, throwing money at the problem does no good. Let's continue to close schools, open up charters, have a revolving door for teachers and all the other regressive ed reforms.
Leonie Haimson wrote:
Arlene Ackerman, new superintendent of Philly school district trying novel experiment – to put smaller classes and more support and guidance into "persistently violent schools" rather than more police and scanners. Seven Philadelphia schools received grant money out of the US Labor Dept.; NYC did not receive any and doubtful if it even applied for any.
Ackerman is also pulling back from privatization like the Edison schools, giving more scrutiny to charters, and just gave the heave-ho to the "interim chief academic officer, chief accountability officer and deputy chief academic officer. On top of that, the district eliminated more than 200 academic-coach jobs."
Let's hope that this reflects a new educational trend that may come our way someday soon – reversing the build-up of the bureaucracy and police at the expense of the classroom.
Read about it here or here.
In a sidelight, Diane Ravitch wrote to the NYC Education listserve:
Interesting that Philadelphia, known as a district with lots of problems, has a graduation rate no lower than NYC's.