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District high school reform plan is positive step

This article was originally published in The Notebook. In August 2020, The Notebook became Chalkbeat Philadelphia.

To the editors:

Your editorial, "Extreme makeover?" (Spring 2004), looking at high school reform in Philadelphia, provides interesting insight into the School District’s efforts to create smaller high schools. As noted, school size alone does not assure a quality school. There are good large schools and bad small schools.

The School District’s Secondary Education Movement is much more than changing school size. It is comprehensive, touching on all aspects of what goes on in schools – from
activities to curriculum and how it is taught. It is profoundly and fundamentally changing how schools are organized and how they operate. A broad-based committee developed the blueprint for change with representation from all segments of the community, including students, teachers, administrators, clergy, unions, and universities. The School Reform Commission then approved this.

This blueprint is a starting point on a long journey. As the plan moves forward, there will be obstacles and revisions. Initially, there is need for a centralized planning effort to determine what is to be offered in a large urban school district and to assure program diversity.

As school foci are determined, people from individual schools and communities should participate in developing how their schools will function. At this time, while it is appropriate to identify concerns, it is also essential to provide support.

Frank Guido
Retired School District administrator
Philadelphia, PA

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