On November 1, in a letter to the Philadelphia School Reform Commission, ELC is requesting revision to the School District of Philadelphia’s proposed new Language Instruction Policy. ELC asks that the policy specifically reference LeGare protections that permit English Learner students to obtain modifications and waivers to access specialized programs and schools. Read ELC’s letter requesting revision of the provisions on page 5 of the proposed new policy.
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Is Pa. ruling an overdue check on SRC power or a prelude to fiscal instability?
Feb. 17 – NEWSWORKS WHYY – by Kevin McCorry –
The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has delivered a major blow to the Philadelphia School Reform Commission in a decision that’s poised to have far-reaching effects on public schools in the city. Continue reading
Justices’ Ruling on Phila. Schools Creates Pressing Questions
Feb. 19 – The Legal Intelligencer – by Ben Seal
In striking down as unconstitutional a section of the Public School Code that granted broad powers to the School Reform Commission, which oversees the Philadelphia School District, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court this week ignited a series of questions about how the district will adapt and what might happen at other distressed schools. Continue reading
High court decision highlights need for major changes to Pennsylvania’s education funding system
Feb. 17. 2016
Deborah Gordon Klehr, Executive Director of the Education Law Center-PA, issued the following statement in response to the recent Pennsylvania Supreme Court decision in West Philadelphia Achievement Charter Elementary School vs. the School District of Philadelphia and the School Reform Commission. Continue reading
Community raises concerns over universal enrollment plan
January 14, 2014 – Bill Hangley, Jr., The Philadelphia Public School Notebook – If supporters of universal enrollment were hoping for a ringing endorsement from parents and families on Monday night, they didn’t get it.