Governing the School District of Philadelphia

There is a conversation happening in the City around the issue of local control of the School District of Philadelphia, and moving away from a state run district. It is virtually inarguable that the state controlled School Reform Commission has not solved the issues of the District. Indeed, one could argue that the premise that[…]

A New Era in Philadelphia

Congratulations to our new Mayor-elect, Jim Kenney, who ran on a great platform of supporting public, community schools, PreK and supporting principals and teachers! We congratulate all the new members of City Council, including our endorsed candidates Helen Gym, Derek Green and Blondell Reynolds-Brown! “Education voters” turned out in force, helping to make sure education was a[…]

Testimony to the School Reform Commission

Tuesday, October 20, 2015 Testimony to the School Reform Commission October 15th, 2015 Susan Gobreski, Parent, Philadelphia resident, Director of Education Voters of PA Thank you for the time. Lots of us have some cognitive dissonance because we care deeply about this district, believe in it and want it to succeed. We both believe the[…]

Ed Voter’s Common Enrollment Brief

Philadelphia should adopt a citywide common enrollment system for high school. For  PDF version click: Common Enrollment Brief For more details click: An Effective Common Enrollment System Philadelphia is in transition again. District leaders have said that they want to create more high quality seats, create more choices for families, and give schools more autonomy in how[…]

Who Runs the School District of Philadelphia?

Click HERE for a PDF of our paper Who Runs the School District of Philadelphia What is the School Reform Commission? The School District of Philadelphia (SDP) is governed by the School Reform Commission (SRC) which was established in December 2001, when oversight of the School District shifted to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. It replaced the[…]

NEW REPORT – Principles for Principals

Check our recent coverage our this report: The Philadelphia Notebook: Reports raise concerns about stability of principal corps in Philly schools. The Philadelphia Inquirer: At high-poverty schools, lack of stability starts at the top. For a PDF version, click Principles for Principals INTRODUCTION A growing body of research shows that the role of principals is one of[…]