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School Reform Commission Member Wendell Pritchett Resigns

Masterman High School Principal Marjorie Neff To Replace Him
Wendell Pritchett, second from the right, on June 30, 2014. (credit: Mike DeNardo/KYW)

Wendell Pritchett, second from the right, on June 30, 2014. (credit: Mike DeNardo/KYW)

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By Mike DeNardo

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — One of Mayor Michael Nutter’s two appointments to the School Reform Commission is calling it quits.

Wendell Pritchett is stepping down from the panel that runs Philadelphia’s financially-beleaguered public schools.  Mayor Nutter has named Masterman High School principal Marjorie Neff to replace Pritchett on the School Reform Commission.

Pritchett is the former chancellor of Rutgers-Camden and Mayor Nutter’s former policy director.  In a statement, Pritchett said SRC in recent years has been considering a set of options, “all bad,” and he said this is no way to run a high-performing school system.

Neff thanked the mayor for his confidence in appointing her to the unpaid position.  She said Philadelphia students “deserve better than what they’re facing today.” and she promised to do her best.

The mayor gets to name two members of the five-member SRC.  His other appointment is Sylvia Simms.

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