For months, public and district officials have claimed that school closings are necessary if we’re going to address our fiscal crisis. After all, the District has threatened to close anywhere between 29-57 schools this year alone to close the financial hole. But do school closings actually save the District money?
What would a Massachusetts-based multinational consulting firm want with the Philadelphia public schools? Since last February the Boston Consulting Group has wielded unprecedented influence over School District budgeting and structuring – and almost entirely out of the eye of the public.
Did you attend the District’s Facilities Master Plan community meetings? If you were like us, we were deeply disappointed with a “process” that lacked information, data or an exchange of ideas. What did we learn?