So Gov. Corbett has a paddle, but the Philadelphia schools don't. That's a problem.
What's happening with #PhillyEducation has been a slow train wreck to watch. It starts with a $304 million hole in the amount of money that's needed to open safe schools. Then Harrisburg came up short in a rescue package, including nixing a cigarette tax for no apparent reason except to show that they could. Then the whole Jenga structure started to come apart. A $50 million advance on Philadelphia sales tax is being held hostage to a dispute between Mayor Nutter and City Council President Darrell Clarke. Another $45 million piece may depend on what's happening with the teachers and their expired contract. What's happening with the teachers? Nobody seems to know.
This should be a big national story, arguably as big as what happened in Detroit. At the end of the day, Detroit's bankruptcy was something that happened on a piece of paper. What's happening here is real kids and real schools that may have padlocks on the front door in a few weeks.