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ERIC Number: EJ758176
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Mar
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0031-7217
Public Education in Philadelphia: The Crucial Need for Civic Capacity in a Privatized Environment
Blanc, Suzanne; Simon, Elaine
Phi Delta Kappan, v88 n7 p503-506 Mar 2007
Like many other U.S. cities, Philadelphia experienced a prolonged period of deindustrialization and job loss during the second half of the 20th century. As in other northern cities, the process of suburbanization went hand in hand with white flight, increased racial segregation of the city and its schools, and increasingly inadequate funding of the school system. During this period, education activists and school reformers were unable to rally the civic community in support of policies that would have helped to maintain equitable or high-quality education in Philadelphia's public schools. Today, the city's long-term trends of job loss and depopulation appear to be reversing. The school district has also made rapid changes and has been at the forefront of a national trend toward private-sector involvement in urban education. The authors argue that a broad coalition of educators and community groups is necessary to achieve equity and excellence in urban schools, but the Philadelphia schools' system of privatization and strict contractual obligations presents obstacles to those goals. If Philadelphia schools are to successfully address longstanding issues of equity and quality for all children, there is a need to develop an agenda and a vision that can unite traditional civic elites and grassroots groups and at the same time extend well beyond the strict contractual obligations and responsibilities that characterize Philadelphia's public/private configuration. (Contains 5 end notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Pennsylvania