If you think Philadelphia residents should have a say over who runs their school district, sign the petition to the PA State House, Senate, and Governor Tom Corbett.
The petition calls for the reinstatement of a locally elected school board to replace the current School Reform Commission, an unelected body appointed by Pennsylvania’s Governor and Philadelphia’s Mayor.
As the petition states, “Thirteen years ago, the state took over Philadelphia’s schools in what was seen as the most radical reform ever undertaken in a large urban school district. Ever since, our schools have declined, while parents, students, educators and ordinary citizens have been shut out of decision-making.”
The petition was started by Progressive Philly Rising and calls on legislators to support House Bill 1871 introduced by State Rep. Mark Cohen.