5-year-plan for Phila. schools

February 23, 2009 3:03:41 PM PST
Eight months after taking reigns as Philadelphia Schools Chief Operating Officer, Dr. Arlene Ackerman is determined to make changes that give Philadelphia children access to quality education. Something that she says is lacking for too many students.

"It has been very disturbing to me and there are times when I want to cry," Dr. Ackerman said.

Dr. Ackerman has unveiled the details of a 5-year strategic plan that's designed to improve the quality of education for Philadelphia school children. The plan, called Imagine 2014, looks to decrease kindergarten class size, emphasize guidance counseling programs and reintroduce basic enrichment programs like music, art and gym.

The plan would close some of the districts yet to be identified worst performing schools. Some would reopen as district or privately run charters that are modeled after already established successful schools or run by principals who've turned schools around.

"I don't think it's acceptable for any family to send any children to a school that have been failing the community for years," Dr. Ackerman said.

Dr. Ackerman will hold eight community hearing before taking the final draft to the School Reform Commission for approval.

RELATED: Read the entire Imagine 2014 proposal.

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