REALITY CHECK: HOW DO WE PAY FOR LOCAL CONTROL OF THE SCHOOLS?

Written by on November 20, 2017

With Philadelphia now in the post-School Reform Commission world and headed rapidly towards local control of its schools, the question turns to something city officials have given little thought to: How to pay for it.

Forget, for the moment, whether a new school board should be appointed by the Mayor or if it should be elected. The more important issue centers on how the city can reasonably sustain the budget of a troubled institutional colossus that’s burdened with a nearly $1 billion shortfall by 2022. Conveniently, the hype of local control—combined with the distraction of public #FreeMeekMill lunacy—has allowed both Mayor and City Council to casually gloss over this question.

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