We pointed earlier this week to some instances of national media picking up stories about Philly’s ongoing, now-full-blown and gaping schools wound. (If that sounds like a reference to fisting, well, it kind of is.) The story is now yet another national embarrassment for us as a city and state (although, let’s be honest, Pennsyltucky was never much big on vanity to begin with), but of course, it’s much, much more than that. And we don’t know if we’ve seen any outlet put as fine a point on it as this Salon piece. We’re gonna put the nut graf in big letters, because it should be:
The needs of children are secondary to a right-wing governor in Tom Corbett who remains fixated on breaking the district in order to crush the teachers union and divert money to unproven experiments like vouchers and privately run charters. If the city’s children are left uneducated and impoverished among the smoldering wreckage of a broken school system, so be it.
To those of you recognize that Aaron Kase byline, well, you’ve been paying very good attention. Put this piece with NBC’s interview with schools activist Helen Gym the other day, and you’ve got a very good picture of a very ugly picture that cannot change soon enough.