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Court Ruling Could Shake Up Philadelphia Schools

By Corey Mitchell — February 23, 2016 1 min read
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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.

A version of this article appeared in the February 24, 2016 edition of Education Week as Court Ruling Could Shake Up Philadelphia Schools

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