An editorial in todays’ Inquirer entitled “The Ackerman Migration” sums up my concerns and a common set of sentiments I hear from readers all over the city. Parents are looking for reasons to stay in the city, and some are even taking matters into their own hands to improve their schools. Still, that is the exception. Parents’ confidence in the School District of Philadelphia is plummeting. I guess a year of test scandals, record high deficits, violence, layoffs, budget battles, and various scandals can do that. The city has been squandering a golden opportunity in parents who love urban life. And of course, it’s a vicious cycle–parents fleeing the city reduces the tax base, further squeezing school budgets.