Best Thing That Happened This Week: The School District Laid Out a Radical Goal
On Wednesday, the School District of Philadelphia announced that it was looking to hire 800 new teachers for the 2016-’17 school year, and that it hoped to have the new hires in place by June 30th. The district wants its hiring done early to avoid the chaos that struck last fall, when 190 positions were unfilled as the school year began; many of those vacancies dragged on into the spring.
The new hires would allow the district to place a teacher in every classroom.
Let’s repeat that: The new hires would allow the district to place a teacher in every classroom.
It would seem a rather unambitious goal for a school district, but that’s the status of school funding these days. And if the dunderdunces in Harrisburg ever hop off their fat asses and get their jobs done, budgets will get passed, and the district will have the money to fulfill one of Superintendent Bill Hite’s promises: that every school will have a nurse and a guidance counselor.
Sheesh. We’re talking about our children. Our future. Is that too much to ask?
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