Teachers, Activists Aim to Dissolve SRC

Want ballot question to replace Philly schools administration.

KYW Radio reports that the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers and its allies are seeking a November ballot question that would dissolve the School Resource Commission. The SRC — features a mix of state and city appointees, with a majority appointed by the governor — has been in existence since 2001, when it was created during a state takeover of Philadelphia schools.

PFT president Jerry Jordan points to a survey of 3,000 Philadelphians, 97 percent of whom prefer a locally controlled school board to the SRC. Jordan says “state control has failed miserably.”

“Under their watch, our district’s deficit has grown to an unprecedented level,” Jordan said.

The November ballot question would be nonbinding, however. “I would interpret this as the beginning of a very important conversation,” said State Sen. Vincent Hughes.


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  • Oliver

    So what does the SRC do? How does it differ from a locally-controlled school board? Is it responsible for the rising deficit?
    I hate this kind of “reporting.” It tells me NOTHING. Please someone bring back newspapers and REAL journalism.

    • LooneyToon

      Google, man. Or just read the news section more often? Because the SRC has been in the news a lot, lately. But, essentially, the SRC was formed with the state takeover of PSD back in 2001. It’s controversial because, as the article said, its members are appointed mostly by the governor (3) and some (2) by the mayor–they aren’t elected, unlike a regular school board. Bill Green and Farah Jiminez were the last to be appointed, both by Governor Corbett. If you want to know why 97 percent of 3000 people hate the SRC, you have do your own research. That’s what the internet is for.

  • hape2b

    The school was failing in the first place which is why this group was created and it is still failing and that is because mediocrity is the goal in this school district. With the number of students who fail even after 6 years in high school, this district is an absolute joke. It isn’t more money that they need, it is accountability that they need. More and more money gets dumped into this district without getting results. They are constantly trying to reinvent the wheel. They just will not accept that all students do not learn by having a teacher stand in front of a class and reading from a scripted handbook. This is not teaching, it is out loud reading and it is not working. Let the teachers do what they were trained to do and let them individualize lessons for students and if they are not, then get rid of them. Stop lumping all children together in classes believing the stronger students will carry the weaken ones. This thought process does not work! Separate the children by their capabilities and work to improve their skill set and you will have successful outcomes. Take the ESL students and teach them to speak English before you put them into a classroom with everyone else because this takes away from learning for everyone. Parents should step into a classroom, especially in the elementary years, to see exactly what is happening in the classrooms. You might be surprised to learn what it is that is going on in the room. The entire district needs to be overhauled, and all of the people. including parents and students, need to step it up. Getting rid of the SRC is not the answer, making all of the players accountable is.

  • matthew brandley

    Why the defecit? HMMMM . lets see here folks. Over 1/3 of the city popultaion recieves some type of goverment assistance and pays no city wage tax, real estate taxes, school district taxes, sales tax when they get it all for free. Does that answer the questions as to why theres uch a large defecit? Also over 60 pct of the cities budget goes to pension layouts for the union employees of the psd and the city . Theres the problem! So many kids getting free breakfast and lunches. Welfare moms have money to buy crack and Lord knows what else but cant send the kids to scholl with the supplies they need? Dare somebody to tell me wtf is wrong with this picture here