Pennsylvania’s urban education systems can really use some help! Earlier this year, the School District of Philadelphia announced that they had a $639M deficit. Last week, Chester Upland School District announced that they would not be able to pay their employees past December due to a $20M deficit. This is a problem! How can we expect future generations to be successful if we cannot fund their schools! Governor Tom Corbett made many cuts to education. He says that the move was necessary due to budget constraints, and with the recent economic crisis affecting millions of Americans; I do not doubt that the money was not available. However, I am questioning exactly when and who will take the time to rescue Pennsylvania’s urban education programs?
In 2008, when businesses were folding and claiming bankruptcy faster than the growth of Apple’s stock, they went to the government and received a bailout. However, no one has stepped up to help education state or citywide. Folks have stepped up to create charter schools, yet no one seems to want to help the traditional schools. Some people cite corruption as a reason to stay away. However, urban systems are home to many great schools. One just needs to visit J.S. Jenks Elementary School or read about Central High School. Both are located in Philadelphia!
Public schools work when they are given the resources to be successful! Money is an important resource and Pennsylvania’s urban education systems could really use some! So…when should they expect their bail out?