The story by Kevin McCorry of NewsWorks titled District proposes sweeping changes for 15 schools reads as though it was interesting news rather than an alarming catastrophe. The Philadelphia Public School District is being dismantled and it is being reported as though it is an interesting school feature by news outlets across the region. The dismantlers are shrouded in cloaks of double-speak and everyone just nods their heads as though these double-speak words are their true intentions.
Let’s start with Dr. Hite, a graduate of the Broad Superintendents Academy. An academy instituted by the uber rich Eli Broad who has a mission to dismantle public education across the country and thwart the democratic process. See Who is Eli Broad and why is he trying to destroy public education and More on Broad in Philadelphia at Defend Public Education!
Broad trains like-minded individuals in this academy and sends them across the nation to further these goals. Lucky for him, Dr. Hite secured a position right here in Philadelphia and has been furthering those goals of privatization ever since. There are many takers in this privatization grab because there are trillions of dollars in education. Where there are dollars there are grabbers!
Recently, Dr. Hite made a slew of new hires…did we notice they were out-of-town folks with strong charter backgrounds? One even came under a cloud of suspicion. Do we care?
Then there is Philadelphia School Partnership with a very influential seat at the school district table. PSP is shrouded in secrecy, most board members are not Philadelphia residents, they are pro-privatization and does anyone care?
Then there are the SRC meetings where teachers, parents, advocates and community members ask, beg, and yell week after week and never get answers. Does anyone notice or care?
Then there are the frivolous lawsuits that the district engages in to continue to thwart transparency and the democratic process (even when there is no money for basic necessities for our children). Do we care how much money the district spends on these lawsuits?
Then there is the very real fact that the two-tier, double standard system of charters and public is costing a sh$% load of money and at the end of the day has no silver bullet fix to show for it. Does anyone care?
Then there is the churn, chaos, disruption that is ever present in this two-tier system that sucks the life out of our district. Does anyone care?
This is alarming! We are watching the demise of public education and we are reporting it like it just another news story.