One man and one foundation decides what’s good for Philadelphia. One sharp-eyed investigative reporter learned the details.
That foundation–the William Penn Foundation–used to be concerned about equitable funding for the children and public schools of Philadelphia.
The William Penn Foundation brought in the Boston Consulting Group to develop a plan to redesign the Philadelphia school system, and that plan predictably involved a heavy dose of privatization. If you ask business consultants what to do, their answer is always the same: bring in private entrepreneurs who keep their eye on the bottom line, who look on children as a profit or a loss, not as if they were their own children.
The Boston Consulting Group’s “Blueprint” ran into heavy opposition from parents. But don’t expect the privatizers to quit. They have more aces up their sleeve.