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20 Sep 2014

Statement on School Reform Commission ballot question

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September 20, 2014 Category: Week In Review Posted by:

ABOVE PHOTO:  Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds Brown


Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds Brown released the following statement following City Council’s vote to place the abolition of the School Reform Commission on the November election day ballot:

“Today I proudly cast my vote, calling on the General Assembly and Governor to abolish the School Reform Commission and return local control of Philadelphia schools to our very own concerned parents and stakeholders. It made my heart proud to see parents, stakeholders and educators actively lifting their unified voices on the most pressing issue facing Philadelphia and the Commonwealth today.

I echo the sentiments of Philadelphia Federation of Teachers President, Jerry T. Jordan, who called the state of our public schools ‘deplorable at best.’ I believe that local parents would not stand for schools with split grades—teachers instructing two grade levels in the same classroom. Local parents would not stand for schools without soap in the bathrooms. Local parents would not stand for schools without a nurse or guidance counselor, or librarian. That is not who we are as a nation or a city.

Our students deserve the supplies, the support, the instruction, the facilities and the respect that they are entitled to by the Pennsylvania Constitution. It is parents who understand this at their core, and who I believe are the leaders best equipped to ensure those expectations become reality.  Do not underestimate the power of parents or their collective will to seek the correction of these deplorable conditions. That is why I voted yes, and will vote yes in November.” 

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