“Growing Call” to Abolish School Reform Commission

Time for an end to state control of Philly schools?

At The Notebook, blogger Ron Whitehorne examines the possibility of abolishing the School Reform Commission that oversees Philly schools:

With the SRC’s legitimacy at a 10-year low, there is a growing call for abolishing it and returning schools to local control. At a gubernatorial candidates’ forum in November, hosted by the Working Families Party, the Philadelphia Coalition Advocating for Public Schools (PCAPS), and a number of unions and community organizations, the candidates were asked whether they would support returning Philadelphia schools to local control. John Hanger and Allyson Schwartz both explicitly called for the repeal of Act 46, while the other Democratic candidates expressed general support for this demand.

The education advocacy community is not of one mind, however, on the question of what should take the SRC’s place. Some favor returning to the pre-state-takeover form of governance, a board appointed by the mayor. Still others prefer the SRC to the uncharted waters that an elected board would create.

 TAGPhilly, a group of activist Philly teachers, says its report card shows all the Democratic candidates would favor abolishing the SRC.

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  • vceross

    Agree. Get rid of the SRC, which has all but destroyed our schools with its starkly political agenda. And while we are at it, let us take back the Phil Parking Authority, which sends most of OUR parking fees and ticket money to Harrisburg, which doesn’t send any back. We would have a well funded school and city if we kept the PPA money. Corbett and the Repubs HATE Philadelphia and make no bones about that. Let’s get them out of our pockets and our schools!

  • Lish

    we can’t play both sides of the fence and switch gears when things don’t go our way. whats the best solution bc the SRC is in bed with Corbett.