Sixteen years ago, Pennsylvania’s leaders did something dramatic and unprecedented.
They dismantled Philadelphia’s local school board and replaced it with the School Reform Commission — a five-member panel made up of three gubernatorial appointees and two mayoral appointees.
This wasn’t just any governance shake-up. It was a bet that state government could and should help fix struggling school districts.
The SRC voted to disband last week, and Philly’s mayoral-appointed local school board is expected to be back in power in July.
The news prompted speeches and celebrations in Philadelphia, particularly among those who see the SRC as a hostile intrusion on local control.
In Harrisburg, however, there’s barely been a blip.