Philadelphia School Reform Commission
The Philadelphia teachers’ union is mulling its legal options now that the School Reform Commisson has taken the unprecedented step of overriding the union’s contractual seniority protections.
Even if the district realizes all the new revenue the city has promised, it is still hundreds of millions of dollars short.
State officials took control of the district and established the School Reform Commission in 2001. Philadelphia lawmakers say the SRC’s performance has been dismal.
State Senator Mike Stack says the bill could help free up a total of $400 million in combined delinquent property, business and wage, but even if it passes, it could take a while before the schools feel relief.
Philadelphia’s School Reform Commission voted Wednesday night on whether or not to renew six charter schools. Imani Charter didn’t make the cut and will be fighting to stay alive.
The SRC had already decided to close 23 schools, and Stanton principal Arthurea Smith pleaded with the panel not to make hers number 24.
The mayor’s proposed budget contains no extra money for the school district. But members of the School Reform Commission said last week they need $60 million more from the city.
As of Thursday night, 19 protesters have already been arrested in protests outside the school district’s headquarters – including the president of the American Federation of Teachers.
A coalition of groups is asking Philadelphia mayor Michael Nutter to pressure the School Reform Commission to put a one-year moratorium on the plan to close dozens of schools.
Philadelphia’s schools chief wants to clear up some misconceptions teachers may have, after the district’s opening contract proposal to the teachers union leaked out this week.
Philadelphia schools superintendent William Hite on Friday put himself in the shoes of schoolkids who would have a much longer walk if their school is permanently closed.
Students at Carroll High School, in the city’s Port Richmond neighborhood, formed a human chain today across the front of their building, to protest the district’s plan to permanently close their school and 28 others.
Local NAACP president Jerry Mondesire says repeated attempts to contact the mayor have been met with silence.
Opponents of the Philadelphia School District’s plan to close 37 more public schools at the end of this school year delivered a special Valentine’s Day message to the School Reform Commission.
Sylvia Simms, 52, of North Philadelphia, is a former district bus attendant and the founder of the group “Parent Power.”