If Philadelphia’s wealthy or well connected families had to send their children to a failing neighborhood school do you think the outcry would be louder? How fast would the politicians and school district officials move to fix the problem?
15,230 students are stranded in 24 failing district neighborhood schools. These schools are 70 percent African American and 79 percent economically disadvantaged.
There are more than 8,000 students in high performing district neighborhood schools. However, these schools are only 16 percent African American, and 47 percent economically disadvantaged.
Philadelphia is a world class city, Philadelphia’s families deserve a world class education. Yet too many Philadelphia students are stranded in schools which are failing to provide the education they deserve.
Philadelphia schools are among the worst-performing and inequitable in the state, yet many of our leaders seem content with the status quo…are you?
Equal Access: Every student, no matter their neighborhood or economic situation, should have an equal opportunity to attend a great public school. That begins with the School District of Philadelphia ending its discriminatory enrollment practices that segregate the wealthy and well connected from everyone else.
Improvement: Great public schools should be expanded and poor performing public schools should be closed or transformed because no child should be forced to attend a failing school.
Fair Funding: The District needs additional resources, but existing funding should be directed to the schools and students that need it most.
Results: Schools must prepare students to get jobs and compete in the real world. We will hold the Mayor, School Board and Superintendent accountable for whether students are graduating, prepared to tackle their next challenge.