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The Brief: Decision Impossible—the SRC’s Lose-Lose Situation

I understand that sympathy for the School Reform Commission is in short supply. But man, the SRC is on the spot in an excruciating way right […]

Citified

Court Rules SRC Can’t Void Teachers’ Contract

[Update, 3:25 p.m.] SRC Chairman Bill Green says his board hasn’t yet decided if it will appeal the ruling. “I’m obviously very disappointed, but I’m […]

City

Complaint: SRC Violated Pennsylvania Sunshine Act

As anticipated, public school activists have filed a complaint against the School Reform Commission, charging the SRC violated the state’s Sunshine Act when it unilaterally […]

City

WATCH: New Video Shows SRC Member Telling Kids They Are “Probably in Failing Schools”

A new video of a member of the Philadelphia School Reform Commission clearly shows her telling protesting students that they are “probably in failing schools.” […]

City Life

District Overwhelmed by Charter School Applications

The Notebook reports that the Philadelphia School District has received 46 applications to create new charter schools in the city — with days left before […]

City Life

Alliance for Philadelphia Public Schools to Sue Bill Green, SRC Over Teacher Contracts

Almost one month after Bill Green and his controversial School Reform Commission voted unanimously and unilaterally to cancel the labor contract for the approximately 15,000 […]

City Life

Council Calling SRC, Teachers Back to Bargaining Table

It’s not easy to get unanimity from the Philadelphia City Council. But every single member has signed on to sponsor a resolution asking the School Reform […]

City Life

Bill Green Responds to Helen Gym: Honest School Dialogue Requires All the Facts

In criticizing our decision to begin charging teachers for health benefits and directing the $44 million annual savings to schools, Helen Gym makes an important […]

City Life

Philly Principals Are Hungry for Money

If you want to get a better idea of the financial squeeze Philly’s public schools operate under, just take a look at how some of […]

City Life

SRC’s Contract Move Isn’t About Shared Sacrifice — It’s Looting

Recently, I visited my brother-in-law at Radnor High School and was privileged to see him teach his ninth-grade English/civics class. When I walked in, his […]

City Life

Helen Gym and Bill Green Try to Find Common Ground (or Not) on Education in Philadelphia

He’s chairman of the School Reform Commission. She’s co-founder of Parents United for Public Education. They have very different ideas about how to run the […]

City Life

Court Won’t Let SRC Change Teachers’ Contract, Yet

A court on Monday halted the School Reform Commission’s act to tear up its contract with Philadelphia teachers and begin charging them for a portion […]

City

23 Best Signs From the Philadelphia Teachers’ Protest

Thousands of teachers jammed Broad Street before a meeting of the School Reform Commission late Thursday afternoon, protesting the SRC’s unilateral cancellation of teachers’ contracts […]

City Life

Students: School Reform Commission Member Told Us ‘You Belong in Jail’

Philadelphia School Reform Commission member Sylvia Simms lashed out at student protesters at a movie screening last night. As seen in the above video posted […]

City Life

Labor Leaders Contemplated Citywide Strike to Protest SRC

The School Reform Commission’s decision to unilaterally end its contract with the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers nearly caused a shutdown of the entire city, the […]