Proposed Ballot Question about School Reform Commission
BILL NO. 140514-A
Introduced June 5, 2014
Passed by City Council on 10/9/2014
As of 1/9/2015, no further action taken. Bill awaits signature by the Mayor.
Referred to the Committee on Law and Government
Providing for the submission to the qualified electors of the City of Philadelphia of an
amendment to Article VIII, Chapter 5 of The Philadelphia Home Rule Charter, entitled
“Referenda Approved by the Voters,” by adding a new section providing that the citizens
of Philadelphia call upon the Pennsylvania General Assembly and the Governor to
abolish the School Reform Commission and return local control of Philadelphia’s
schools, as proposed by a petition presented to the Council and approved for submission
to the electors by Resolution; fixing the date of a special election for such purpose;
prescribing the form of ballot question to be voted on; and authorizing the appropriate
officers to publish notice and to make arrangements for the special election.
THE COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF PHILADELPHIA HEREBY ORDAINS:
SECTION 1. There shall be submitted for the approval or disapproval of the qualified
electors of the City of Philadelphia at the election to be held November 4, 2014, the
amendment to The Philadelphia Home Rule Charter contained in Resolution No. 140527,
approved by Council on _________, 2014, and filed in the Office of the Clerk of Council.
SECTION 2. There shall be placed on the ballot the following question to be answered
“Yes” or “No” by the qualified electors participating in the election:
Shall The Philadelphia Home Rule Charter be amended to call upon the
Pennsylvania General Assembly and the Governor to abolish the School
Reform Commission and return local control of Philadelphia’s schools?
SECTION 3. The Clerk of Council is hereby directed to have printed in pamphlet form,
in sufficient number for general distribution, the proposed amendment to The
Philadelphia Home Rule Charter as set forth in Resolution No. 140527 together with the