The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania needs to provide a greater level of funding to the School District of Philadelphia. We are the state’s only City-Of-The First-Class, yet the state legislature has consistently underfunded our public schools. If the state refuses to increase public school funding for Philadelphia’s children, then the School Reform Commission (SRC) is irrelevant and should be dissolved.
I also support a thorough, independent audit of the School District’s finances to weed out waste and duplication, thereby ensuring that District Officials are utilizing existing finances as wisely and effectively as possible. My view of education in Philadelphia allows for the co-existence of charter schools with a proven history of academic performance. Providing a quality education for our young people should be the goal, regardless of the means by which we deliver that quality education.