Charter expansion means more school closings. photo credit: Progress Illinois
The SRC will be voting on 40 new charter applications but we don’t know when. The public has a right to know when this will be. We need to demand that there be prior notice and that it is held at a time when most people can attend. We will be turning out for that meeting to demand the SRC does not accept any new charter applications. We need:
- Meaningful regulation to prevent fraud and insure transparency
- Full and fair funding that does not drain resources from neighborhood public schools
- A level playing field that does not penalize traditional public schools
The SRC needs to take a stand and send the legislature and charter appeals board a strong message that until these questions are addressed Philadelphia must oppose charter expansion.