Saving our schools: Are superintendents the answer?

    Turmoil within the Philadelphia school district as well as the school reform commission charged with overseeing the welfare of the district is big news of late. In today’s segment of “That’s History,” Dave Heller speaks with Jonathan Zimmerman, a historian with the Historical Society of Pennsylvania, on how the tenure of urban school superintendents has changed over the years.

    “That’s History” is a biweekly radio segment co-produced by the Historical Society of Pennsylvania and WHYY featuring HSP historian Jonathan Zimmerman. Every two weeks we take an event, issue or person in the news, and look back into history for echoes, parallels, roots and lessons. Tune in to hear That’s History every other Tuesday at 6 p.m. on Newsworks Tonight on WHYY.

    Jonathan Zimmerman teaches history at New York University and lives in Narberth. He is the author of Small Wonder: The Little Red Schoolhouse in History and Memory (Yale University Press).

    More from Zimmeran on superintendents.

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