Now that the Inquirer‘s Assault on Learning series is over, the real show has begun. Mayor Michael Nutter has promised action to address the issues brought forward by the series, while opinion Milton Street is asking what Nutter’s been doing ’til now.
After a meeting with the district, Department of Human Services, Behavioral Health and the Philadelphia Police Department, Nutter vowed to work with the district to curb student violence and re-evaluate the effectiveness of the current anti-violence programs.
And then Milton Street got involved. In a letter he wrote today, Street has requested information from Nutter’s administration through the Right to Know Act, asking things like:
“When did the administration first become aware of the increased incidents of violence in our schools and what actions have been to ensure our children’s safety? When did the Administration first become aware of the school district’s intention to lay off teachers? Was information discussed internally between the SRC and the administration on future cuts and reductions before the contract was signed with the PFT?”
He also made a handful of suggestions to the administration and the School Reform Commission on how to better meet students’ needs.
Feed the Feed: What role do you think the mayor should play in overseeing school violence?