This article was originally published in The Notebook. In August 2020, The Notebook became Chalkbeat Philadelphia.
To the editors:
As one of four former principals of the late Philadelphia Regional High School, I am still saddened by the District’s decision to terminate the program in 2005. The school served kids who needed a second chance to get back on track. Sophia, whom the Notebook wrote about (“Dropping out, coming back,” Spring 2007), would have found the flexibility she was looking for.
Unfortunately, when test scores and public posturing drive everything, more children are left behind.
The writer is a retired Philadelphia principal currently practicing education law and child advocacy.