There has long been a rift between the city, school district, and charter schools. It looks like some financial incentives from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation are encouraging these folks to start to work together now. The Inquirer reports
The [School Reform] commission will vote Wednesday on a resolution outlining the broad goals of the compact to demonstrate the city’s commitment to “grow or replicate high-performing charter and district schools, and to improve or close low-performing charter and district schools that are not serving students well.”
Exciting development, regardless of the motivations. Via Philadelphia Inquirer | 11/17/2011.
As a side note, I’m not sure I trust Bill Gates with fixing our schools. Microsoft Outlook crashed like 6 times on me today.