As I reported in today's paper, the Philadelphia School District is poised to undergo a massive restructuring - a complete change in the way schools are organized and run.
Its leaders are planning to close 40 schools next year and an additional 24 more by 2017.
The district faces a $218 million shortfall for fiscal 2013, more than initially announced, and that number could rise.
Officials want to get $156 million in savings from restructured benefits and wages. They want to shrink the central office even further. They want to realize $149 million in savings from chater schools.