November 22 — 9:53 am, 2017

Why Harrisburg’s silence on demise of Philly’s School Reform Commission speaks volumes

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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.

Read the rest of this story at Keystone Crossroads

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