PA Senate confirms new SRC members

Moments ago the PA Senate confirmed Bill Green and Farah Jimenez to the School Reform Commission, and this morning, Governor Corbett called for $10 billion toward public education in his budget address.

Governor Corbett was thoughtful and deliberate in selecting Bill Green and Farah Jimenez for the SRC; they are both dedicated public servants who have shown commitment to results for students and families rather than any one particular ideology. Each has made a weighty commitment to our schools and our city, joining those already made by Feather Houstoun, Sylvia Simms, and Wendell Pritchett. We applaud all five for their willingness to serve and look forward to their joint leadership.

We also welcome the governor’s proposals to invest in education, especially early learning, through additional K-12 and pre-K funding in the next state budget, and his call for a bipartisan solution to the pension problem that looms large for schools all across the Commonwealth. The task that lies ahead for Bill Green, Farah Jimenez and the entire SRC is to ensure these investments are coupled with meaningful reforms so that they improve educational outcomes for children in our city.

We look forward to seeing progress in the coming months.