Call for submissions: "The Current and Future State of Education in Philadelphia"

Submission deadline: October 15, 2014

Perspectives on Urban Education, Penn GSE’s online student-run journal, is interested in papers, commentaries, and notes from the field for our Winter 2015 issue. The Winter 2015 issue represents the second installment of our exploration into Philadelphia’s education system following the summer 2013 edition. 

Philadelphia is recognized around the country as one of the most contested spaces for educational reform. The School District of Philadelphia is coping with troubling budget cuts, structural issues, and political problems, many of which are also afflicting other urban districts throughout the country. The focus of this issue is the current and future state of education in Philadelphia and we are especially interested in pieces that detail experiences in the Philadelphia public schools and describe advocacy work around public schooling in this city. 

In this issue, we seek to explore the challenges, possibilities and realities within the School District of Philadelphia. We hope submissions will offer insight into how Philadelphia arrived at this current moment; the effects of current policy on practitioners, students, parents, community members, and neighborhoods; current reform efforts both inside and outside the system; and the future direction of education in the city. We seek to understand what is happening in Philadelphia today in order to develop a clearer sense of the future of public education in urban districts. 

Submissions must have a direct or indirect connection to urban education and all submissions will undergo peer-review. 

All pieces must be submitted through the Journal’s online portal at and submissions must be received by October 15, 2014.