FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 8, 2015
George Jackson |
PFT Releases Results of Member Survey on Local Control
PHILADELPHIA—The Philadelphia Federation of Teachers today released the results of a membership survey on how local control of Philadelphia’s public schools should be structured. The report, “Taking It Back: Local Control of Philadelphia’s Public Schools Schools,” concludes that a majority of PFT members prefer a “hybrid” model of local control that features a combination of local and elected school board members.
“It’s no secret that the PFT and a majority of Philadelphia citizens favor abolishing the SRC in favor of a locally represented board,” said PFT president Jerry Jordan, “We just wanted to give our members the opportunity weigh in on various options.”
Over 5,000 PFT members in 193 schools responded to the survey, which also asked for their views on whether a locally controlled board should have taxing authority. There was an even split among Philly’s educators, with 30 percent in favor; and 31 percent opposed to a board with such powers. About 36 percent were undecided on the issue.
The PFT’s report acknowledges that there is more work to be done in order to arrive at a final model for a locally controlled school district. “We are committed to not only continuing to gather feedback from our membership, but also from our community partners, as well as elected officials,” the report says, “The only way that Philadelphia’s new school board will work is if the broader community works together to define it.”
Click here to download Taking it Back: Local Control of Philadelphia’s Public Schools
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