Diane Ravitch on the privatization of Philadelphia public schools: "As we abandon public schools, we abandon any sense of public responsibility for a basic public service. That's worse than a mistake. It's a tragedy. What will be privatized next? Police protection? Fire protection? Clean air? Potable water?" And why are these children being abandoned? Reports Ravitch: "One of the local journalists explained the problem succinctly. He said, 'The kids of Philadelphia are mostly poor and black. The people in the state capitol don't want to take responsibility for those kids. They cost too much.'"
Privatizing Public Education in Philadelphia?
But this is the puzzle: Philadelphia is a city that ran a bold experiment in privatization that failed. A number of charters in Philadelphia are under investigation for corruption. Philadelphia had five years of the services of the nation's leading turnaround superintendent, Paul Vallas, and it rema…