The mayor of Philadelphia says there is no difference among different kinds of schools, be they public, private, religious, charter, whatever.
He sees no special responsibility to support public education.
In a sense it is understandable since the people of Philadelphia lost control of their schools to the state years ago.
And the state imposed a massive privatization scheme, which failed.
And now the state control board for the public schools wants to try privatization again.
Parent activist Helen Gym explains to Mayor Michael Nutter why public education matters to the people of Philadelphia.
Investigative reporter Daniel Denvir followed the money trail and uncovered a reason for Mayor Nutter’s indifference to the powerless people of Philadelphia: the big money in the city and suburbs is betting on privatization. The campaign to privatize the schools of Philadelphia has raised $50 million, while the public schools are neglected by the powerful.