Will the Philadelphia School District Become Chartered Territory?

The charter-school showdown continues.

By Matt Petrillo
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The SRC has been forced to proceed with caution, as to not ignite the wrath of the public that sent Ackerman packing. But in light of the city’s dismal graduation rates, Nutter’s recent appointments to the SRC are “safe and not bold, and the decisions they will make will probably be that—safe,” Green says. “We need bold.”

The SRC needs leaders who can take the punches of the public and still carry out their mission. Ackerman embodied that, but her disconnected and sneaky personality made it too embattled for the community to accept her.

District officials warned last week that more closures could be coming, which means a charter takeover could be imminent.

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1. Marian said... on Nov 10, 2011 at 09:53AM

“Albert Shanker originally endorsed charters that were run by teachers as incubators of innovative instruction and research on effective instruction. After he saw them being turned into bastions of political and self interests, he changed his mind about supporting them. Now they are often used for the profit of those who have manipulated themselves into positions of operating charter schools.

There are issues upon issues that must be sorted and fact from fiction. It seems myth and reality have become quite clouded in this debate.

I suggest that everyone who wants to educate themselves about the issues and research read Diane Ravitch's "The Death and Life of the Great American School System." She is an education historian who helped write NCLB. Now she has stepped back and written a research based critical review of how the choice movement has actually played out.

I also suggest that everyone reads, Whose School Is It? the Democratic Imperative for Our Schools, by Rich Migliore.”

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2. Anonymous said... on Nov 10, 2011 at 10:31AM

“The numbers speak and people vote with their feet.”

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3. Anonymous said... on Nov 11, 2011 at 12:35AM

“We also have aq problem with charter schools abusing the H1-B visa programs. Is there really a shortage of Amercian Teachers in this country esp when public schools have been closed all over the country? I think not. Google Gulen Charter Schools And Google Gulen H1-B visa fraud. Your taxes are also paying for some of them who show to work two days week while attending a Iniversity at full pay. Gotta love that cult !!!”

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4. Anonymous said... on Nov 11, 2011 at 12:54AM

“The problem with the closure of the nine schools in question is that none of them actually have close to the "empty seats" claimed. The district is listing gyms, auditoriums, art, ESOL and special ed classrooms as "empty," when most are in operation throughout the day. Two of the schools that are closing consistently make AYP, which, as the article points out, is far from the norm in Philly. Why close schools that work?

As for Councilman Green, it's good to know that he doesn't support public schools. Just another reason not to support him (besides his promise to vote against a property tax hike that he voted for less than 24 hours later).”

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5. Anonymous said... on Nov 11, 2011 at 08:05AM


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6. Anonymous said... on Nov 11, 2011 at 08:11AM

“Sir, your brain must be dead if you really believe the Stetson scores. THINK--does it even make sense and I mean common sense. Unless it was a miracle along the lines of the loaves and fishes, it's an obvious lie and you apparently are buying into it !!! Use the brain that God gave you.”

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7. Anonymous said... on Nov 11, 2011 at 08:14AM

“You also misquoted the current position of Albert Shanker. How dare you do that or didn't you even check?? Unless you're being paid by charters, you are too silly for me to comment further.”

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8. Jennie Shanker said... on Nov 11, 2011 at 09:56AM

“Marian is correct about my father's position, and the most recent Ravich book should be taken very seriously.”

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9. Anonymous said... on Nov 11, 2011 at 02:46PM

“Yes, the so called Choice Movement, has evolved into a scheme for the politicians and their rich buddies to drain money designed for the poor to themselves. Educating kids is only an after thought, at best. Diane Ravich's book is a must read. Charters are nothing more than scams. Maybe they started out with good intentions--maybe not--but NOW, there is no question about their focus and it ain't even remotely about kids.”

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10. Anonymous said... on Nov 11, 2011 at 05:18PM


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11. Mark L. said... on Nov 11, 2011 at 10:17PM

“The writer of this article is either in the pocket of charters or the silliest, least aware person on the planet. Bill Green's Dad would turn over in his grave if he heard his namesake make those comments. The PUBLIC SCHOOL SYSTEM is a right and we better not lose sight of that tenet. I agree with the above--how can anybody with sense believe those Stetson Scores?? They overstepped and made a fool out of themselves. There is NO WAY those scores are legitimate and again, anybody with testing experience, knows it and just laughs it off as folly.”

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12. Anonymous said... on Nov 11, 2011 at 10:26PM

“More and more charter insiders are blowing their cover. As charter employees decide to have RIGHTS, the providers and the politicians who put them there, will start to get exposed as the corrupt carpetbaggers that they are. They don't want unions so they can increase their profit margin and keep people down like dogs. It won't work, of course, thankfully. I'm NOT saying that all charters are a joke but they were ALL started to make money for the pols and their friends and the money was/is designed for the poor and lower middle classes as in Public Schools. Isn't it curious that the charter schools gravitate towards the inner cities where the poor are too disorganized and desperate to fight them off. These scoundrels better hope there is no God.”

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13. Anonymous said... on Nov 12, 2011 at 06:27AM

“There is something wrong with a system that doesn't trust local input,(SRC), spends public money to fund money making ventures (charter schools) and doesn't look at the root cause of poor student achievement (poverty and joblessness)”

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14. Anonymous said... on Nov 12, 2011 at 09:32AM

“#12 and #13--------I totally agree with both of you. Charters are a farce and we shouldn't be funding them at the expense of real PUBLIC schools. Yes, until the poverty cycle ends, the inner city folks will continue to be abused by carpetbaggers in all directions. I also agree fully with those Stetson Scores--How foolish!!!!!!!!”

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15. Anonymous said... on Nov 12, 2011 at 10:05AM

“If you don't believe the changes at Stetson MS go walk the hallways (#11) and see the students in their classrooms engaged in meaningful educational pusuits. Was that happening under the school district?? I agree that not all charters are good but don't paint them all with the same brush.”

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16. mitchstein said... on Nov 17, 2011 at 12:16PM

“If I see the math correctly there are 20,000 less students enrolled in schools in philly?”


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