STATE SEN. Anthony H. Williams reiterated his support for controversial legislation that would remove caps for charter-school enrollment yesterday in a private meeting with parents.
Williams, a Philadelphia Democrat, is the lone Democratic co-sponsor of Senate Bill 1085, which could come up for a full Senate vote in the next month. Critics say the bill, introduced by Lancaster County Republican Lloyd Smucker, would financially handcuff school districts by exponentially increasing the amount they pay to charter operators.
"We didn't get to this point because of charters," Williams said of the School District of Philadelphia after meeting with parents from the Philadelphia Coalition Advocating for Public Schools. While Williams talked with the small group for about an hour in his Southwest Philly office, about a dozen PCAPS members protested outside the office in bone-chilling temperatures.