The Future of Public Education in Philadelphia

Posted by on October 10, 2002

You are invited to participate in a public conversation about The Future of Public Education in Philadelphia – Philadelphia’s public schools are embarking on a reform effort of historic proportions. While the state takeover and reform efforts have sparked fierce public debate, the exact content and meanings of “reform” remain unclear. This series of seminars, lectures, tours, and public forums will grapple with the implications of the current changes in our school system and explore opportunities for a brighter future for public education in our city and region. The first event of the series is: Models of School Reform, Past & Present
Thursday, October 17 – 4:30 PM
Irvine Auditorium – Room G-7
Presenting: Jolley Bruce Christman, Research for Action and
Michael B. Katz, Walter B. Annenberg Professor of History, UPenn
Paper Available: “Civic Engagement and Urban School Improvement: Hard-to-Learn Lessons from Philadelphia.” Download from:

An interactive web site,, will document the various events and provide resources – including budgets, reports, articles, and internet links – to inform and stimulate our conversations. Log on to this site for announcements of upcoming events.

This series is sponsored by the University of Pennsylvania’s Urban Studies Program and Graduate School of Education, Research for Action, and the Philadelphia Education Fund. All events are free and open to the public.

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