PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — With two of its five members resigning, there are renewed calls for the state panel running Philadelphia schools to dissolve itself. But Mayor Kenney says, not so fast.
A lot of people say the timing is right, with the mayor and governor set to fill three seats on the five-member panel by January, there’s a call for them to appoint commissioners who will vote to dissolve the SRC and return Philadelphia schools to local control.READ MORE: 1 Dead, Multiple People Injured In Crash Involving Bus On New Jersey Turnpike
But Mayor Kenney says while he favors a local school board, it’s best to gather public input to create a model that’s accountable.
The outgoing SRC chair Marge Neff agrees.READ MORE: Upper Darby School District Superintendent Warns Teacher Shortage 'Going To Only Get Worse' Without Action
“A return to local control is important, but I think it has to be planned and done strategically.”
But Kenney says one thing that can’t wait is the PFT contract. Teachers have been without a new deal for three years.
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Commissioner Bill Green at last night’s meeting said the district in June had offered teachers three-percent raises, plus step increases — an offer that teachers rejected.