September 14, 2017

At the First SRC Meeting of the 2017-2018 School Year, We Declare that Time is Ticking to Take the Vote!

 On Thursday, September 14th, at the first School Reform Commission meeting of the 2017-2018 school year, parents, teachers, students and community members from the Our City Our Schools campaign packed the SRC meeting, testifying, singing and using props to communicate to SRC Commissioners that time is ticking down until the deadline to call the vote to abolish the SRC and return local control to the Philadelphia schools. Over 40 people spoke about abolishing the SRC, while the packed room held up clocks, chanted “tick tick tick,” played the Jeopardy theme song and sang multiple songs about abolishing the SRC.

Recently, Mayor Kenney’s office told the Our City Our Schools coalition that the Mayor’s office was not able to give a specific timeline for the vote to abolish at this time. For nearly a year, the Our City Our Schools campaign has urged Governor Wolf, Mayor Kenney and the 5 SRC Commissioners to take the simple majority vote needed to end the 15-year state takeover of Philly’s schools. While Mayor Kenney has pledged support of local control and over 75% of Philadelphians voted in May 2015 to abolish the SRC, there has been no public statement from the Mayor’s office on a timeline.