PRESS RELEASE: PCPCS Supports Philadelphia Schools – May 3, 2017
May 03, 2017
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 3, 2017
The Pennsylvania Coalition of Public Charter Schools (PCPCS) firmly stands with the 13 Philadelphia charter schools that refused to sign renewals prior to the School Reform Commission (SRC) vote on May 1.
According to PCPCS Executive Director, Ana Meyers, “the agreement, which contains multiple issues, represents much overreach by the SRC which essentially has removed much of the charter schools’ independence and has no basis in law. The process is flawed”.
Several provisions require highlighting; “and one of the most troubling provisions in the agreement”, said Meyers, “is the fact that the charter school community continues to its dismay to be subject to unilateral, non-negotiable enrollment caps despite four appellate decisions on the issue in favor of charter schools. In fact, past practices with enrollment expansion in the charter school community – which have been sporadic, granted haphazardly and with a revolving set of ‘performance requirements” not grounded in any law, do not quell the community’s concerns in any way. As the last ten years have demonstrated, enrollment expansion, no matter how small, has proven to be an extraordinarily difficult proposition”.
Public charter schools have increased choice and competition while allowing children to attend a better school and, therefore, have been under attack in Philadelphia for years. These schools are providing a quality education to 60,000 students whose parents have exercised their right to choose where their children go to school. We must stand up for the rights of those families.
PCPCS will continue to ensure that all Pennsylvania children receive the quality education that they deserve.