How the next mayor can help Philadelphia’s schools
Originally published in The Philadelphia Inquirer
The top reason people with kids move out of Philadelphia isn’t because of crime or jobs — it’s because of the schools. That means the young and upwardly mobile — the middle-class taxpayers who would fund schools and government — are leaving.
Here’s one sensible way to stop that: Give every family with school-age kids living in the Philadelphia School District cash to go to the schools they want to attend. You don’t even need to pass laws to make that happen — the legislature already provided that opportunity to school districts.
Passed in 2012, a Pennsylvania law provides a way out for students who attend a school that isn’t meeting their needs. The law authorizes school boards to provide scholarships using state funds for students in the district to attend other public and non-public schools.
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