Paul Vallas had a lot of terrific ideas but left more than a few loose ends. His departure presents a tremendous opportunity for the school district to work with the city and state to attract more funding and allow the mayor's office to take more responsibility for its success.
I propose that the city of Philadelphia continue to partner with the commonwealth but have greater representation with one more seat at that table.
As mayor, I will push for the creation of school report cards to let parents and teachers know which schools are succeeding and which schools are failing.
I will advocate for districtwide implementation of School Improvement Teams, so that all schools can be placed on a pathway to success. I will work to create performance-based incentives for our teachers to reward those who innovate.
To improve school safety, I will urge the School Reform Commission to rehire non-teaching assistants to monitor activity in the hallways during classroom instruction. I also will bolster school police and strategically redeploy them to schools with a documented history of violence.
Another way to help teachers is to reintroduce accommodation rooms. Disruptive students should not be allowed to hijack the educational process.