This article was originally published in The Notebook. In August 2020, The Notebook became Chalkbeat Philadelphia.
Standing outside the headquarters of the cash-strapped Philadelphia School District, former city solicitor Ken Trujillo announced Wednesday that he is running for mayor — and that he wants to ax the School Reform Commission.
"We must end the state takeover of education in Philadelphia," Trujillo said. "It’s time for the SRC to go!"
The SRC, which includes three members chosen by the governor and two by the mayor, has overseen Philly schools since 2001. Before then, a local board made up entirely of mayoral appointees ran the District.
Trujillo offered few specifics about his plan to abolish the SRC, declining to say what type of board would replace it or how, exactly, he would convince officials to disband it.
Trujillo was the city solicitor under former Mayor John Street. He has also served as chairman of the North Philadelphia-based nonprofit Congreso, commissioner of the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board, and a board member of the Pennsylvania Intergovernmental Cooperation Authority.