Thursday, November 02, 2017


Time to end state control of the school system.

Mayor Kenney is set to announce that the city is taking back its public schools — and is promising to pay for them.

In an address to City Council planned for Thursday morning, the mayor will outline the end of the state-dominated School Reform Commission and a path to local control of the Philadelphia School District by July 1, administration officials confirmed Wednesday night. He will also pledge to have the city cover much of the $1 billion deficit the school system is projecting over five years.

City control won't necessarily be magically better, but at least there will be local accountability.