Two local education-reform organizations have filed papers asking the state Supreme Court to act quickly on the School Reform Commission's request to affirm it has broad powers to impose work-rule changes.
The Philadelphia School Partnership and PennCAN (Pennsylvania Campaign for Achievement Now) on Monday filed an amicus curiae - friend of the court - brief with the high court. PSP and PennCAN, in the brief, noted the organizations are "deeply concerned that the ongoing and annually-worsening city school budget crisis - and the intractable labor disputes that always accompany it - will continue to erode the state of public education in Philadelphia."
The SRC has moved to make broad changes, including bypassing seniority for Philadelphia School District teacher assignments, transfers, layoffs and recalls. The commission asked the state Supreme Court to declare definitively that the 2001 law that created the SRC gives it the power to do make those changes.
The Philadelphia Federation of Teachers has vehemently opposed the SRC's position, arguing that every change sought by the SRC has traditionally been subject to collective bargaining.