Philadelphia School Reform Commission

(The former Truebright Charter School, on East Roosevelt Boulevard, in file photo by KYW's John McDevitt)

Truebright Charter School Ends Battle To Fight Closure

A troubled Philadelphia charter school is shutting down, rather than continue a court battle to get the SRC to renew its charter.

07/02/2015

PFT president Jerry Jordan addresses reporters during briefing at PFT headquarters in Center City. (credit: Steve Tawa)

PFT Objects To Outsourcing Substitute Teachers, School Nurses

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.

06/10/2015

(Retired teacher Lisa Haver, a plaintiff in the lawsuit, holds a hastily created sign after other signs were confiscated at the Februart 18, 2015 SRC meeting.  File photo by Mike DeNardo)

City, SRC Settle Lawsuit Over Confiscated Protest Signs

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.

06/04/2015

(Former SRC chair and current SRC member Bill Green.  File photo by Mike DeNardo)

Bill Green Still Weighing Run For Phila. Mayor As Independent

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.

05/20/2015

Philadelphia School Reform Commission (credit: Mike DeNardo)

Two Philadelphia Charter Schools Fail To Have Charter Renewed By School Reform Commission

A dozen Philadelphia charter schools earned new terms, but the School Reform Commission has turned thumbs-down on renewing two others.

05/12/2015

(SRC chair Marjorie Neff, center, chats with schools superitendent William Hite, right, during an SRC session on Thursday morning.  Photo by Mike DeNardo)

Philadelphia School District ‘Lump Sum’ Budget Getting OK’d Despite Funding Holes

Right now, the district’s $2.9-billion preliminary budget for next year is short, according to CFO Matt Stanski.

KYW Newsradio 1060–03/26/2015

(The headquarters of the School District of Philadelphia, on North Broad Street near Spring Garden.  File photo by Mike DeNardo)

Survey: Philadelphians Want Public School System Fixed, Not Circumvented

“(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.

KYW Newsradio 1060–03/17/2015

(Shortly after school police confiscated anti-charter protest signs at the SRC's February 18th meeting, Lisa Haver, of the  Alliance for Philadelphia Public Schools (APPS) displays a hastily drawn sign that says, "Why did SRC take our signs?"  File photo by Mike DeNardo)

Federal Lawsuit Filed Against School Reform Commission After Protest Signs Confiscated

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.

KYW Newsradio 1060–03/12/2015

(Marjorie Neff, left, recently appointed to head the School Reform Commission by Gov. Tom Wolf, and her predecessor, Bill Green, who will remain a member of the SRC.  Photo by Mike DeNardo)

Former Phila. SRC Chair and His Replacement Say They’ll Move Schools Forward Together

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.

KYW Newsradio 1060–03/10/2015

(Former SRC chair and current SRC member Bill Green.  File photo by Mike DeNardo)

Bill Green Says He Won’t Give Up SRC Chairmanship Without Court Fight

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.

KYW Newsradio 1060–03/02/2015

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Chosen Few Emerge From Philadelphia High-Tech Charter School Lottery

Thousands of parents learned Tuesday whether their child was awarded a spot in the K-12 Math, Science & Technology charter in the far Northeast.

02/24/2015

(The School Reform Commission, during a contentious meeting on February 19, 2015, when Bill Green was chair.  Schools superintendent William Hite is standing in background.  File photo by KYW's Mike DeNardo)

School Reform Commission Says Its Vote on Charter Applications Will Have Little Budget Impact

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.

KYW Newsradio 1060–02/19/2015

The School Reform Commission granted conditional three-year charters to five schools, but denied 34 others. (credit: Mike DeNardo/KYW)

Philadelphia SRC Approves 5 New Charter Schools, 4 Arrested During Heated Meeting

The meeting was frequently disrupted by protesters as the School Reform Commission granted conditional charters to five schools.

02/18/2015

(The headquarters of the School District of Philadelphia, on North Broad Street near Spring Garden.  File photo by Mike DeNardo)

All Eyes On Phila. School District As Battle Over More Charter Schools Gets A Vote Tonight

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.

KYW Newsradio 1060–02/18/2015

(The School Reform Commission.  File photo by KYW's Mike DeNardo)

School Reform Commission Faces Charter School Vote Amid Intense Pressure From Both Sides

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.

02/18/2015

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