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Eye on Education with Tom Knudson
Jun 13, 2012 | News Archive
Eye on Education with Tom Knudson
Bill Anderson interviews Tom Knudson, Philadelphia School District Interim Superintendent.

Interim Superintendent Tom Knudson stopped by the Wake up With Bill Show on June 12th to talk about what’s been going on with the Philadelphia School District.

During their brief interview Mr. Knudson gave information on the status of 2011-2012 fiscal year and budget, how we landed in such a steep deficit, and what the school district is now doing to redirect their focus back to the most important thing, educating children.

One of the largest problems our school district has faced is building permanent programs with non-permanent money. Because of this, the district made an agreement with a consulting company in Boston to teach them how to save money. While many may see this as an unnecessary expense Mr. Knudsen considers it a step in the right direction. He says “you have to spend money in order to create necessary resources.”

Listeners were given the opportunity to calll in. One question arose about the charter school controversy. There is a misconception that charter schools do a better job of educating our youth in a cost efficient way. However, the superintendent explained that the Philadelphia School District schools have to pay for more things than charter schools do which looks like they're spending more money.

Mr. Knudsen’s closing thoughts suggested that Philadelphia School System is putting the children’s educations first, and they hope the city will support them and do the same.

 

You can watch the full interview here:

 

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