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Ahead of SRC meeting, Cruz joins Philadelphia Delegation members to defend disbanding decision


Redacción Agencias | 11/17/2017, 11:48 a.m.
Ahead of SRC meeting, Cruz joins Philadelphia Delegation members to defend disbanding decision
Angel Cruz | Foto Cortesía

Two weeks after Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney called for the School Reform Commission to disband itself, state Reps. Angel Cruz, D-Phila., and Maria Donatucci, D-Phila./Delaware, joined fellow members of the Philadelphia Delegation to defend the decision.

Ahead of a scheduled SRC meeting, the state lawmakers held a news conference Thursday afternoon inside the library of the Philip Sheridan Elementary School.

“The commission had more than a decade to fix the issues within the School District of Philadelphia, but it seems things have just gotten worse,” Cruz said. “I have been fighting to dissolve the SRC for the past three years to bring control of our schools back to the city that depends on its success and the taxpayers who help fund them.”

Cruz introduced House Bill 654 in January, which would eliminate the SRC and establish an elected board to oversee operations of the city’s school district. He’s been pushing for this cause since 2014.

Donatucci, chairwoman of the Philadelphia County Delegation, said, “At the end of the day, the students are our top priority. The success of this country starts in the classroom, and that includes the young, bright minds that make up the School District of Philadelphia. I support what’s best for them, and what’s best for them is a local school board that has their best interests at heart calling the shots.”

During today's SRC meeting, the commission was set to take up a resolution that would be a first step in the process to bring local control back to the district.

The SRC started overseeing the city’s traditional public and charter schools when it was established in 2001.