The Allentown School District has published an annual report for 2011-2012 with a lot of information about progress and plans. We are sympathetic with the financial and societal challenges faced by the district and especially the many hard-working teachers there. At the same time, the district’s own performance numbers are sobering for those working on a brighter future for the region. We believe that public education in the Lehigh Valley, and particularly in Allentown, should be ready to try major changes that tap into the best practices and research available today. LVenture is designed to be a such a demonstration and model.