State Senator Unveils Plan For Failing Pennsylvania Schools

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – While the legislature considers a bill offering taxpayer-funded vouchers to move students out of Pennsylvania’s worst-performing schools, a Philadelphia state senator has his own plan of how to fix those same failing schools.

State Senator Vincent Hughes’ bill would take the state’s 144 worst-performing schools, and require them to have smaller classes, longer school days, a longer school year and Saturday classes.  Sound familiar?  Hughes’ so-called “Victory Academy” plan is similar to what Philadelphia is doing with its “Promise Academies.”

But Hughes said his plan goes a step further, “I think our program may be a bit more aggressive.  But we know that more time on task, more involvement in an academic setting, additional social services brought to bear to assist.”

Hughes says his bill would take would take the same $54 million dollars the first year of a voucher plan would cost, and use it for extra instruction in the Victory Academies.

Reported by Mike DeNardo, KYW Newsradio

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  • trueism

    Then why did San Francisco and Washington DC give Ackerman the boot out of their school districts? ANY other administrator would have been left go with far less! Promises, promises.. The truth is she’s cost the City Taxpayer Millions. Increased the levels of Violence on our streets. Failed dismally to promote learning. About the only thing she’s done it to condone the levels of violence, and re-admit the violent student back into the school they were expelled from! Rather than shower her with awards, bonus, and her own Public Relations Department. Hughes would do better by insisting that his honesty Mayor Nutter let Ackerman go!

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