By Lisa Haver, Posted April 10th in www.philly.com
IF THERE WERE ever a governmental body that needed to change its ways, it would be the current School Reform Commission. After years of ineffective leadership and financial mismanagement, the SRC’s credibility with the system’s stakeholders – the teachers, parents, students and community members – is in the basement.
The imperial attitude of its leadership, especially in the past year, has alienated Philadelphians, many of whom see it as a rubber stamp for the political and economic interests who can buy a ticket to its pay-to-play game.
Gov. Tom Wolf has made clear his desire to dissolve the SRC. Education activists are petitioning for a return to local control. A Pew Charitable Trusts poll shows that city residents who have an opinion on the subject favor eliminating the SRC by a 4-to-1 margin. Editorials in both major newspapers have said that it is time to seriously consider an elected school board in Philadelphia.
So, when newly appointed SRC Chairwoman Marjorie Neff assured reporters that she doesn’t wat to “shake things up” at the SRC, it seems she doesn’t see the villagers outside brandishing pitchforks and torches, clamoring for their heads.
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