Unless an unforeseen infusion of money materializes for Philadelphia's public schools, they won't resemble schools at all come September.

No books. No paper. No counselors. No library services. No sports. No clubs. No music. No art. These cuts are fatal.

It's not just Philadelphia. Urban school districts across the nation are struggling with the same issues.

I'm reminded of something Gandhi said: "A nation's greatness is measured by how it treats its weakest members."

Is there any question how we'll be judged?