DN Editorial: No more games
June 14, 2013
SOMEDAY – someday very soon, we hope – someone in Harrisburg is going to have to get serious about the fate of Philadelphia’s public schools.
We will begin with Gov. Corbett, who is the father of much of the misery that the district is facing. The deep cuts he made in state support for public education in his first two years as governor set this catastrophe in motion.
The governor did this in the name of frugality and of living up to his no-tax pledge. His aides pointed to the facts that while enrollment was down in public schools, statewide costs were not. They fixed that problem with a machete.
To the governor, we offer this message: Remember that the Philadelphia School District is an instrument of state government. It was taken over by the state 12 years ago. The majority of the School Reform Commission are Corbett appointees.
The commission does not govern an alien nation. The 200,000 children in Philadelphia’s district and charter schools are wards of the state – by declaration of the state.
Surely, the governor can do more than shrug and be silent about their fate.