Response to the Feb. 16 blog post, “Supreme Court wipes out SRC’s powers to waive provisions of Pa. school code,” by Dale Mezzacappa.
It probably would have been better if the Pennsylvania Supreme Court had made this decision 14 years ago. If the School Reform Commission cannot limit the enrollment of the charter schools – the original question before the court – does that mean they could all double their enrollment tomorrow?
The questions that have arisen as a result of this decision will probably take years of new court cases to resolve. It would be nice if all the parties could sit down and resolve all the questions without spending the next 15 years fighting. One option might be to disband the SRC and replace it with an elected school board without taxing authority and whose budget is subordinate and approved by the mayor and City Council. This is the way it is done in many of the best school systems.
D. Bruce Hain
The writer is a retired Army soldier.