AS THE SENIOR pastor of Enon Tabernacle Baptist Church, I represent a constituency that has expressed grave concerns about the status of education in the School District of Philadelphia. With its congregation composed of students attending district-run, charter, private or parochial schools and their families, Enon Tabernacle is deeply committed to expanding educational opportunities for all children in the city of Philadelphia.
As the School Reform Commission seeks to hire the new superintendent, it is imperative that the citizens of Philadelphia stay focused on holding everyone accountable for ensuring that educational excellence is available for all children. The new leader must develop a plan to provide a competitive 21st-century pre-K-12 education that is aligned with college and career paths and replete with equitable resources throughout a well-managed school system. This concept must be embraced as an achievable reality that is the goal of all parents and educational partners.