Philadelphia School Reform Commission
Former Philadelphia city councilman Bill Green is now officially the chairman of the School Reform Commission.
The state senate approved the nominations of City Councilman Bill Green to be SRC chair, and Farah Jimenez to be an SRC member.
The School Reform Commission has ordered its lawyer to investigate why dozens of top-ranking Philadelphia School District leaders were hired over the last two years without public notification, in violation of district policy and the Sunshine Act.
Seniority has been a major issue in the ongoing negotiations between the school district and its teachers’ union.
Wendell Pritchett made the announcement at a faculty breakfast that he’ll be returning to the Rutgers faculty next July.
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.