Push is on to end Philadelphia School Reform Commission

Three state lawmakers from Philadelphia are calling for an end to the School Reform Commission.

Pennsylvania State Sen. Mike Stack says the SRC is unresponsive to everyone and should be replaced.

“Senate Bill 1210 would abolish the School Reform Commission and replace it with a nonpartisan school board of nine members elected by the citizens of Philadelphia,” Stack said.

State Sen. LeAnna Washington said the SRC pushed out Philadelphia schools chief Arlene Ackerman even though Washington says the superintendent was doing a good job in improving education in the city.

“Nothing they have done in the last 10 years have been about education and it’s all about contracts,” Washington said. “Something is definitely wrong with that.”

Even though he and Washington are Democrats, Stack predicts that by the time the bill is ready for a vote it will have bipartisan support.

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