Opinion: Philadelphia Experiment Worth The Risk

04/29/2002 | Los Angeles Times (tiered subscription model)

Putting for-profit Edison Schools and other organizations in charge of Philadelphia's lowest-performing public schools may not yield a turnaround, but it's still a risk worth taking given the past failures of the city's school system, according to columnist Ronald Brownstein. Failing public schools are a major factor in driving upwardly mobile families out of urban areas, and keeping the status quo only serves to exacerbate this trend, Brownstein says.

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