Philadelphia School Reform Commission
A troubled Philadelphia charter school is shutting down, rather than continue a court battle to get the SRC to renew its charter.
The Philadelphia Federation of Teachers is griping about what is says are the School District’s plans to privatize school employees – substitute teachers and nurses.
Three retired teachers sued the SRC on First Amendment grounds after they were prohibited from holding protest signs at a contentious meeting on charter schools.
Green, now a member of the School Reform Commission, says his occasional sparring with Kenney when they served together on City Council won’t factor into his decision about running against him.
A dozen Philadelphia charter schools earned new terms, but the School Reform Commission has turned thumbs-down on renewing two others.
Right now, the district’s $2.9-billion preliminary budget for next year is short, according to CFO Matt Stanski.
“(Philadelphians) have an extremely low opinion of the performance of the public school system, and … they favor replacement of the School Reform Commission with an elected school board,” says a spokesman for the Pew Charitable Trusts.
Lisa Haver, co-founder of a group that opposes more charter schools in Philadelphia, says school police confiscated her signs at the SRC’s February 18th meeting.
New SRC chair Marjorie Neff says the fact that Bill Green is not going to court to try to keep the chairmanship removes a potential distraction.
He says he plans to go to Commonwealth Court for a ruling on whether Gov. Wolf had the authority to strip him of his School Reform Commission chairmanship.
Thousands of parents learned Tuesday whether their child was awarded a spot in the K-12 Math, Science & Technology charter in the far Northeast.
The district faces an $80-million deficit next year, but SRC chair Bill Green says adding five charters won’t break the budget because four of the schools would open in 2016.
The meeting was frequently disrupted by protesters as the School Reform Commission granted conditional charters to five schools.
The School Reform Commission tonight is deciding whether to approve any or all of the 39 applications for new charter schools in the city of Philadelphia.
The SRC must consider new charters under provisions that Republican state lawmakers tacked on to a bill allowing the city to collect an extra two dollars a pack on cigarettes, to help close a large budget deficit last year.