Miracle in Philadelphia or Shuffling Deck Chairs on the Titanic?

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More than 220 years ago, the eyes of our emerging nation were focused on Philadelphia, as our Founding Fathers gathered there to try to create a more perfect union by crafting a new Constitution to replace the flawed Articles of Confederation.

Today, those interested in the future of public education should keep their sights on the City of Brotherly Love again, as its leaders try to remake – some say dismantle – its public school system.

What happens in Philadelphia may well determine the fate of urban public education elsewhere in the nation.

Philadelphia’s woes are similar to those in other . . .

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