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Pedro Ramos. (Credit: The Philadelphia Foundation)

Pedro Ramos To Take Over As President Of The Philadelphia Foundation

From city managing director to head of the School Reform Commission, Pedro Ramos says he’s probably seen as much of the city as any resident.


(City councilman Bill Green, in file photo from City of Phila. TV)

Corbett To Tap Green To Head SRC

The Philadelphia School Reform Commission should soon be back to full strength. KYW Newsradio has learned Governor Corbett is expected to fill two open seats on the panel as early as Friday.


Tom Corbett (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

Governor Corbett In Charge Of Filling Vacancy On The School Reform Commission

Governor Corbett says he’s in the process of filling the opening that was created when SRC chair Pedro Ramos resigned last month.


(Pedro Ramos, in 2007 file photo)

Surprise Resignation: Pedro Ramos Leaving Phila. School Board

A press release says Ramos, who has served two years as chairman of the SRC, resigned “to attend to recent, unexpected news within his family.”


(Philadelphia School Reform Commission chair Pedro Ramos, in file photo.  Credit: Mike DeNardo)

Philadelphia Schools Remain In Limbo Awaiting Harrisburg Action

School Reform Commission chair Pedro Ramos isn’t making much comment until the financial picture is finalized.


(L-R: SRC chair Pedro Ramos, superintendent William Hite,  and district CFO Matthew Stanski.  Credit: Mike DeNardo)

Philadelphia School District Makes Its Case For Latest Funding Stopgap

“The budget, in its current form, simply cannot support the services provided this year,” SRC chair Pedro Ramos told Philadelphia lawmakers.


file photo (credit: KYW's Mike DeNardo)

Philadelphia School District Takes Out Big Loan To Pay Bills

The School Reform Commission okayed the sale of $265-million in bonds just to get the district through its deficit this year.


(Credit: Philadelphia School District)

New Schools Superintendent Working On Transition To Philadelphia

The start date for Philadelphia’s new schools superintendent Dr. William Hite could be announced soon.


(Credit: Philadelphia School District)

SRC Selects New Superintendent Of Philadelphia School District

The School Reform Commission has selected its new superintendent/CEO of the Philadelphia School District, officials announced Friday.


(File Photo. Credit: Mike Dunn)

Nutter Reacts To City Council Not Increasing Budget For School Funding

Mayor Nutter and the head of the School Reform Commission say tough choices lie ahead, now that City Council has stood firm in keeping the amount of new money for the schools to less than half of what Nutter wanted.


(2009 file photo by Mike DeNardo)

Masch Is Out As Philadelphia School District Budget Director

A school district spokesman confirms that Masch is leaving “by mutual agreement” with the district.


Chief Academic Officer Penny Nixon, SRC Chairman Pedro Ramos, Chief Recovery Officer Tom Knudsen (by Mike DeNardo)

School District Leans On City Council For More Money

Public testimony is on tap today, on day two of the school district’s budget hearings at City Council. The school district is banking on more money from the city.


(SRC chairman Pedro Ramos, left, and chief recover officer Thomas Knudsen, testifying before Philadelphia City Council on Tuesday.  Photo from City of Phila. TV)

Philadelphia Schools Say $94M More From Property Taxes Next Year Won’t Be Enough

School District of Philadelphia officials say that without an additional $94 million from the mayor’s “Actual Value Initiative” property tax overhaul, schools may not have enough personnel to open in the fall.


(SRC chair Pedro Ramos. Credit: City of Phila. TV)

School District Pleads With City Council For Extra Funding

School District leaders met with City Council members yesterday, to try to persuade them to support Mayor Nutter’s Actual Value tax plan and the extra $94-million it would provide for the district.


Supporters of Stanton Elementary (in yellow t-shirts) celebrate their school staying open (credit: Mike DeNardo)

Philadelphia School Reform Commission Votes To Close Seven Schools, Adopts Preliminary Budget

Members of the Philadelphia School Reform Commission have voted to close eight of the schools recommended in the District’s Facilities Master Plan Thursday night.