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May 25, 2017

At May SRC Meeting, SRC Commissioners Invited to Public Forum on Future of the SRC


Our City Our Schools Coalition Invites SRC Commissioners to Public Forum on the Future of the SRC

PHILLY — This afternoon, May 25th at the 4:30PM School Reform Commission meeting at 440 N Broad, members of the Our City Our Schools coalition publicly inviteed all five SRC Commissioners and the public to a forum regarding the future of the SRC. The forum called “Our City Our Schools: SRC, Where Do You Stand?” will be held on Wednesday, June 7th at 6PM at the Berean Institute (1901 W Girard). All five SRC Commissioners are invited to attend. The Forum on June 7th will call on SRC Commissioners to state their position on local control and confirm a timeline for voting to abolish the SRC by Fall 2017.

With Estelle Richman’s confirmation for the SRC on May 10th, today’s SRC meeting is only the second with a fully sat 5-person SRC, after months of delay. Since the resignations in the Fall of two SRC Commissioners, the Our City Our Schools coalition has demanded that Mayor Kenney and Governor Wolf’s SRC Commissioners vote to abolish the SRC and return the Philadelphia schools to local control after 15 years of the state takeover. Mayor Kenney and Governor Wolf have both pledged support for returning the Philadelphia schools to local control by abolishing the School Reform Commission through a simple majority vote of School Reform Commissioners. Should our new SRC Commissioners — Chair Joyce Wilkerson, Chris McGinley and Estelle Richman — follow the words of their appointers, there would be the necessary three votes to abolish the School Reform Commission once and for all.

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May 10, 2017

Estelle Richman is Confirmed by the PA Senate — Time to Abolish the SRC!


Estelle Richman’s Confirmation is the Opportunity to Return Philadelphia Schools to Local Control

On May 10th, Estelle Richman was confirmed unanimously by the State Senate. This came after Richman spent months in limbo, since her nomination by Governor Wolf in October. Since September of 2016, the Our City Our Schools coalition has called on the three new SRC Commissioners appointed by Mayor Kenney and Governor Wolf to vote to abolish the SRC, thereby returning our schools to local control. The Our City Our Schools coalition has released the following statement in response to Richman’s confirmation:

After months of delay by the Pennsylvania legislature, Estelle Richman has been confirmed for the 5-person unelected School Reform Commission. The delay in confirming Ms. Richman is nothing new from the Pennsylvania legislature. Since the state took away the local governing power of the Philadelphia schools 15 years ago and put into place the School Reform Commission, we have seen the state fail our schools, our kids, our teachers and our parents. The School Reform Commission has deliberately targeted school closures in Black and Brown neighborhoods, cancelled the teachers’ contract, and opened the gates for unaccountable expansion of charter schools.

But with Ms. Richman’s confirmation, there is the potential for huge change for our schools. Read More