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Philadelphia Schools Aim To Innovate To Escape Crisis

Philadelphia public schools are facing serious funding troubles, as well as overcrowding and other issues. But the city’s competitive Science Leadership Academy, where the curriculum is based on student-driven project learning, is a great success. Special correspondent for education John Merrow reports on a superintendent’s effort to use the SLA as a model for reforming traditional schools.

Part 2: Can Innovative Schools Be All-Inclusive?

Can schools that enroll students of all skill levels use the same methods as more academically selective programs? In the second half of our report on Philadelphia’s public schools, special correspondent for education John Merrow reports on the city’s U School, a neighborhood school that’s copying the project-based learning curriculum of some of the city’s more exclusive charter schools.