Published Online: February 23, 2016
Published in Print: February 24, 2016, as Court Ruling Could Shake Up Philadelphia Schools

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Court Ruling Could Shake Up Philadelphia Schools

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The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has ruled that the Philadelphia School Reform Commission, which runs the city's public schools, does not have the authority to cap charter school enrollment or cancel seniority provisions of the teachers' contract.

The ruling could ultimately affect how the commission manages school closings, teacher contracts, and decisions on charter schools.

Bill Green, a member of the commission, told The Philadelphia Inquirer that the decision could "require reshuffling of all teachers in the district" midyear because the commission has routinely bypassed seniority when making personnel decisions.

Vol. 35, Issue 22, Page 4

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