SRC begins school year with possibility of calling for its own end

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 The School Reform Commission will hold its first meeting of the school year Thursday. (Bastiaan Slabbers for NewsWorks, file)

The School Reform Commission will hold its first meeting of the school year Thursday. (Bastiaan Slabbers for NewsWorks, file)

Philadelphia’s School Reform Commission meets Thursday for the first time since the new school year began.

The five-member group — with a majority appointed by the governor — has overseen the city’s traditional public schools and charter schools since 2001. Some see the state control as a way of addressing financial and academic problems to be a solution past its prime.

Prior to last month’s SRC meeting, there was talk about whether the commission would discuss its own dissolution. Advocates for that want a return to city control of the district. There was no such discussion last month … and probably won’t be tonight either.

WHYY’s Avi Wolfman-Arent covers education, and he sat down to talk with Morning Edition host Jennifer Lynn about what the SRC will cover Thursday — and in the months ahead.

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