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Should the rich rule the schools in Philadelphia and beyond? by Lisa Haver and Deborah Grill

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“Welcome to our world,” where the Uber-rich have owned the public schools for years and run them into the ground. There is something to be said for democracy. Why has Philadelphia prevented its citizens from having any role in the oversight of the public schools? Could those who have a genuine stake in them do worse than the rich dilettantes who control them now? No one elected Bill Gates. An unelected board outsourced control of the Philadelphia public schools to an unaccountable billionaire. Why? Money. No evidence. No research. No wisdom. Just money. Goal: Privatization. Means: Silence the public.The PSP meetings are closed to the public. Its board members are wealthy suburbanites. Haver and Grill worked in the Philadelphia public schools. They say, “Welcome to our world,” where the Uber-rich have owned the public schools for years and run them into the ground."

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I began teaching in 1963,; Ba and BS in Education -Brooklyn College. I have the equivalent of 2 additional Master's, mainly in Literacy Studies and Graphic Design. I was the only seventh grade teacher of English from 1990 -1999 at East Side (more...)

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