Tim Epperson: No love for public schools in Philly

November 22, 2013 

I hope many people (especially our lawmakers) heard the recent report on the “critical” state of affairs of the Philadelphia public schools that was broadcast on WUNC radio. It seems the entire system in Philadelphia is in shambles and on the brink of collapse. In tracing the origins of this debacle, the report referenced actions taken by the state legislature and the Republican governor over the course of the past few years – such as financially strangling the public school system while pumping more taxpayer dollars into the pockets of private (for-profit) schools, the vast majority of which are reported to be performing no better (and in some cases worse) than the now crippled public school system.

The report detailed the catastrophic effect on students within the system, and in listening I couldn’t help but think that all one had to do is substitute the words North Carolina for Philadelphia and one would clearly see what our own Republican legislature and governor may be attempting to foist upon us.

Tim Epperson

Chapel Hill

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