Dr. Santelises has made it a priority to increase the academic performance of city students. There is good news on that front: the high-school graduation rate is up for city kids, and the drop-out rate is down.
But the achievement gap between white students and students of color persists, and the system still faces challenges associated with dropping enrollment and aging infrastructure.
On today's edition of Midday on Education, Dr. Santelises joins Tom in the studio to discuss the progress made and the work still ahead to improve the city's public school system. She also addresses listener questions and comments.
This program was livestreamed on WYPR's Facebook page, and you can watch the video here.