Sen. Wagner wails away
IN FOCUSING on the problems created and solvable by our state legislature, the Daily News editorial board got it right in their editorial "Supreme mess: Ruling will erode Philly school district." For the last several years, schools across Pennsylvania have fallen deeper and deeper into crisis. Drastic funding cuts to school districts across the state have resulted in layoffs of thousands of teachers, counselors, nurses and crucial support staff. AP classes, art, music and extracurricular opportunities have been limited. Philadelphia and other districts with the poorest children are disproportionately affected and we have long since passed the point where we could cut our way out of this crisis. New state revenue and new state laws are essential. As the editorial describes, last week the Pennsylvania Supreme Court declared unconstitutional a portion of the 2001 law that the State legislature imposed on the Philadelphia School District to cope with the funding crisis that they themselves have created. That law allowed the SRC to suspend parts of the School Code in order to bring about fiscal stability and enhanced educational opportunities within the District. Among the limited actions the SRC took that required suspension of parts of the school code were caps on charter school enrollment.
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