This article was originally published in The Notebook. In August 2020, The Notebook became Chalkbeat Philadelphia.
The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has delivered another blow to the Philadelphia School Reform Commission.
The SRC had hoped the court would reconsider a February ruling that blunted the commission’s power. On Monday, the court denied that appeal.
The prior ruling found that the state legislature acted unconstitutionally by delegating power to the SRC too broadly when it created the body to oversee Philadelphia public schools nearly 15 years ago.
The decision has wide-reaching implications for two sectors that are typically at odds.
Charter schools with unsigned agreements are now within the law to expand enrollment without District permission. If charter enrollment is increased significantly, that could have catastrophic fiscal consequences for the District.