Education advocates have labeled as“disappointing” a handful of incentives in the newly signed teacher contract designed to counter the inequities in the distribution of skilled teachers that haunt Philadelphia’s hardest-to-staff public schools.
Simon Gratz High School’s guidance counselor bears a caseload of some 600 students, to whom she is assigned to help with college applications, roster concerns, work permits, counseling referrals, and much more.
If that workload seems a bit heavy, then Simon Gratz Principal Delores Williams has made her point, in explaining the creation of the school’s “Student Success Center.”
Some school districts for years have bragged about the outside partners they have secured to enhance educational resources. But partnering with universities, nonprofits, and for-profit companies to actually manage dozens of a district’s schools is a new distinction for which Philadelphia last month offered up itself as a national model.