Radical change ahead for Philly public schools: The administration’s case
May 3, 2012
In a decisive, dramatic and controversial break with the past, the School District of Philadelphiaâ€™s leaders have charted a course that could â€śblow upâ€ť the districtâ€™s structure, close 40 schools over the next two years and more each year after that, slash hundreds of administrative jobs, and create entrepreneurial â€śachievement networksâ€ť to compete to lead groups of schools within the city. The districtâ€™s hemorrhaging finances, due partly to federal and state aid cuts, have opened up hundreds of millions in deficits and forced deep spending cuts by the district, and Chief Recovery Officer THOMAS KNUDSEN says the price tag for not making dramatic changes could be a $1.1 billion deficit over the next five years. Joining us this hour are Knudsen and two School Reform Commission board members: Chairman PEDRO RAMOS and LORENE CARY.