5,809 days after the SRC was created, the body has voted to blow itself up for reasons that boil down to this, according to the official resolution: "the School District is no longer distressed" and "the School District no longer requires governance by a School Reform Commission."
In an address to City Council planned for Thursday morning, the mayor will outline the end of the state-dominated School Reform Commission and the path to local control of the Philadelphia School District by July 1, administration officials confirmed.
Kristen Graham covers the Philadelphia School District. A native Philadelphian – and a product of the school system and Temple University – she has written about everything from crime and county government to education since joining the Inquirer in 2000.
Kristen is a Pulitzer Prize winner, part of a team whose "Assault on Learning" series about violence in the Philadelphia schools won the 2012 prize for public service for the Inquirer. Please pass along the scoop about what’s going on at your Philadelphia public school; Kristen welcomes tips, story ideas and witty banter at firstname.lastname@example.org or 215-854-5146.
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