Council delays vote to add SRC disbanding to ballot

The call for local control of city schools has pushed lawmakers to consider putting the question on the Nov. 4 ballot.
Published : September 11, 2014

School District of Philadelphia headquarters on North Broad Street. Credit: Wiki Commons. School District of Philadelphia headquarters on North Broad Street. Credit: Wiki Commons.

 

City Council delayed its vote Thursday to put a question on the November ballot asking residents whether the state-run School Reform Commission (SRC) should continue its control of the city's schools.

 

 

The call for local control of city schools has pushed lawmakers to consider putting the question on the Nov. 4 ballot.

 

The SRC is a five-member group that acts as the ultimate decision-making body in terms of public education and how education dollars are spent. The board, which consists of governor and mayoral appointees, determines policy for both the traditional public schools and charter schools.

At one time, city schools were governed by the city. But in 2001, the state handed the district over to the SRC due to financial and performance issues.

Of course, even if the voting public approves them dissolving, the SRC isn't forced to comply. Per the SRC agreement, only the SRC can decide to dissolve itself.

City Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell said Thursday that she supports a return to local control.

"Delays does not mean that we can't deal with that issue," she said.

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