Coalition ready to take the SRC to court
A local organization is ready to take the Philadelphia School Reform Commission (SRC) to court. Attorneys representing the William Penn Development Coalition filed a suit at the Pennsylvania Supreme Court seeking declaratory judgment and injunctive relief against the SRC.
The suit was brought in direct response to the SRC’s vote to sell William Penn High School to Temple University. Back in June the SRC declared the school permanently closed and designated it as unused property and sold the school for $15 million.
However the SRC failed to held formal hearings which are usually part of the public school code in such transactions. The coalition views this action as a deliberate attempt to block its community driven efforts to purchase the school.
On Monday a rally will take place at noon on the east side of City Hall. The coalition will discuss the injuction.
“The sale of the William Penn High School constitutes an illegal act on the part of the SRC, which is legally mandated by the Pennsylvania Public School Code, 2PAC, Chapter 5, Subsection N to follow the dictates of its provisions with regard to disposal of school property,” the group reported in a press release.
According to the coalition, since 2009 stakeholders including students, parents, alumni, community residents and educators have worked diligently on plans to open a STEM - Science, Technology, Engineering and Math - school at the 14-acre location.