A roundtable discussion was held Thursday to call for the School Reform Commission to approve more charter schools.
After a year of slashing activities, counselors and nurses, the School Reform Commission defied the city charter in May by refusing to approve a budget that would require even more spending cuts.
Teachers, joined by parents and students, gathered outside Philadelphia school district headquarters in Spring Garden.
City Council Moves Ahead With Plans To Question Whether School District Should Return To Local Control
If at first you don’t succeed…City Council is trying again for a ballot referendum that would ask city voters whether to the school district should be under local control.
Upwards of 200 students stood outside the Philadelphia High School for Creative & Performing Arts in a spirited protest and symbolic ‘strike’ on Wednesday morning.
In a statement, Pritchett said SRC in recent years has been considering a set of options, “all bad,” and he said this is no way to run a high-performing school system.
The SRC won’t adopt a budget for next school year until it has secured adequate funding for Philadelphia schools on both the local and state level.
The School Reform Commission has decided to defy the city charter and not pass a budget for next year on time.
On Monday, City Council hears from school district officials on the so-called “empty shell” budget proposed for next year.
Working Families Organization would have to gather 20,000 petition signatures, but Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell says it would send a strong message.
Standing outside school district headquarters, State Senator Vincent Hughes announced plans to introduce a bill that would place a five percent tax on natural gas extracted from Pennsylvania to be used, in part, for public schools.
Superintendent Dr. Hite is calling for $320 million dollars in funding for Philadelphia schools next year and the Mayor made his stance clear on the matter.
The state senate approved the nominations of City Councilman Bill Green to be SRC chair, and Farah Jimenez to be an SRC member.
KYW Newsradio has learned Governor Corbett is expected to fill two open seats on the panel as early as Friday.
The Philadelphia school district made the controversial decision to close down two dozen public schools this year.