Written by on April 24, 2020

It’s nearly 50 days into the pandemic and thousands of school kids still aren’t able to access online learning. WURD’s midday host wonders, why can’t we be more like Detroit?

It’s unclear what led to the fantastically moronic idea this week to herd disconnected Philadelphia public school students into WiFi-accessible parking lots.

What we are sure of is that it’s just … offensive. And it’s emblematic of City Hall and the School District’s inability to creatively come up with an inclusive remote learning rollout or to effectively advocate in any real way for struggling Philadelphia students.

On Thursday, Superintendent William Hite announced he’s pulling the plug on that idea in a very weird “what-had-happened-was” reversal of what everyone—except him—heard him say.

However … what’s still so complicated about this? It’s been nearly 50 days since Philadelphia schools closed and there’s still no sign of a complete and confident remote learning plan city residents can trust.

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