School closings. “Doomsday budgets.” Constant tension between the School District and the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers over pay, seniority and work rules, and between the city and state over school funding. An appalling 10 percent of students graduate from college. Philly’s perennially beleaguered public schools are the city's biggest challenge, because nothing accounts for persistent unemployment and poverty as much as a lack of education does. If the schools aren’t fixed, the city can’t truly thrive. It’s that critical, and the crisis can only be solved by real leadership. Philly families and their children deserve better.

Important Resources:

The Committee of Seventy is cited as supporting the new mayoral-appointed Board of Education in the School District of Philadelphia.  Read More...
Philadelphia voters will decide on May 15 whether the so-called Educational Supplement to the Home Rule Charter dealing with the public school system will be amended in various parts. Find out more before heading to the polls. Read More...
For once, Philly's elected officials are in agreement on one way to help the struggling city school system. But state lawmakers have yet to authorize the $2-a-pack cigarette tax hike that City Council passed more than a year ago. The clock is ticking.  Read More...
On February 2nd, Punxsutawney Phil predicted six more weeks of freezing weather…and another stormy Philadelphia City Council budget season dominated by a staggering financial crisis in the city’s public schools.  He was right on both counts. Read More...