440 North Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19130
May 23, 2012
Dear members of the School Reform Commission,
Judging from the article just posted on The Notebook’s website entitled “More private money paying for District consultants” there is some money in our community that can be used for specific purposes. Unfortunately, that money seems to be going to causes supported by a small number of people while initiatives supported by many go by the wayside.
I wrote earlier this month about some specific costs that schools have and need assistance with: teachers, of course, but also non-teaching aides, textbooks, office supplies, and more. The William Penn Foundation has seen fit to spend an extra $1.2 million on the Boston Consulting Group to implement a plan that has now been delayed until at least 2013. Why not use some of that money on classrooms this year?
It truly does take a village to raise a child so shouldn’t it take the support of the entire city to help the 200,000+ children in Philadelphia?
While this assumption might be faulty, there must be some communication between you all and the William Penn Foundation. Why can you not leverage this dialog to support those who really need the help: the children. $1.2 million can go a long way.
I urge you to use your contacts for the good of all children now instead of planning some lofty work that has much community opposition.
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