The state of some of Philadelphia’s schools is practically Medieval, but that should change soon with the Renaissance Schools program. And who could be a more enlightened team to awaken the potential of these schools, but A. Rahim Islam and Kenny Gamble of Universal Companies? Maybe Kenny thinks that with a little help any high school can look like the one on “Glee,” even if it sounds like Philadelphia.
But education in America is a business pure and simple, and Mr. Islam is a money guy so who better to fix our broken system? He must know something about school kids as well because he has nine of his own! Speaking of money, Universal got half a million bucks from the Feds last year thanks to School District support (note: one of Universal’s board members is chairman of the School Reform Commission and works for Duane Morris LLP which donated $60,000 to Tom Corbett). Now the district is providing financial support to Universal as well by paying the company to take over more schools. (Why the district yanked Universal’s previous contract at Vare Middle School is not clear.)
Perhaps as an example of “You Don’t Know What You’ve Got til You Lose It”, some students and teachers are protesting the takeover of their schools, but whadda they know or, more importantly, WHO do they know?
Well, the whole Renaissance is only going to cost about $20 million and maybe it will change the course of education history in Philly. Don’t worry, it’s gonna be GREAT! We PROMISE. If not, we still have Hope.