For years, the public schools of Philadelphia have been drastically underfunded by the state. This created a series of fiscal crises, which should have produced equitable funding, but instead gave cause for a state takeover, thus blaming the city for the state's failures. The nation's largest experiment ) in privatized schooling, handing over some 40 schools to private, for-profit, and university management. The experiment was an expensive failure, and left the city with a large deficit. Haver's article outlines the secrecy that surrounds the deliberations of the School Reform Commission which was appointed by the state in 2001. Even the budget is hidden from public view until the SRC has made all its decisions, without considering the voices of parents or teachers. To sum it up, state control has been a disaster for the children of Philadelphia, and it is bound for NEW ORLEANS!.