ON-Lion Letter

Rebuffing Philadelphia's School Reform Commission (SRC) in ignoring the letter of the law governing the state's charter schools, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court has ruled that SRC's actions are unconstitutional.  Since the General Assembly permitted SRC discretion in approving and managing charter schools, it has created artificial enrollment caps for charter schools to curtail charter growth. 

According to the Pennsylvania high court, any actions taken by SRC under this now-unconstitutional provision are "null and void" and it is "permanently enjoined from taking further action under the authority it confers."

"This is huge news for students and families," said Jeanne Allen, founder and president emeritus of the Center for Education Reform (CER) in Washington, D.C.  "The SRC has placed artificial caps on charter schools in Philadelphia for years despite enormous demand and need.  We are proud of the city's charter schools for waging this fight and grateful that the state's high court has corrected the SRC's abuse of power."

The Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation in Milwaukee supports CER.

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