Five years ago, the Toronto District School Board started the Model Schools for Inner Cities project. It gives seven schools (plus the community of schools around each of them) extra money to provide teachers with innovative teaching practices, brings community support into the school, and has worked hard to welcome parents and increase their participation in the school. Their most recent evidence shows it’s working – kids are liking school, teachers are liking school and they’re all learning. But it’s an expensive program – can the board sustain it? Can it afford not to?