In striking down as unconstitutional a section of the Public School Code that granted broad powers to the School Reform Commission, which oversees the Philadelphia School District, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court this week ignited a series of questions about how the district will adapt and what might happen at other distressed schools.

The ruling, which held that legislation giving the SRC authority under the Distress Law to suspend portions of the code violated the nondelegation rule of the state constitution, could further destabilize the district and necessitate dialogue in Philadelphia and beyond about how to resolve the issues it presents, attorneys said.

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