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.
Governor Corbett says he’s in the process of filling the opening that was created when SRC chair Pedro Ramos resigned last month.
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.”
School Reform Commission chair Pedro Ramos isn’t making much comment until the financial picture is finalized.
“The budget, in its current form, simply cannot support the services provided this year,” SRC chair Pedro Ramos told Philadelphia lawmakers.
The School Reform Commission okayed the sale of $265-million in bonds just to get the district through its deficit this year.
The start date for Philadelphia’s new schools superintendent Dr. William Hite could be announced soon.
The School Reform Commission has selected its new superintendent/CEO of the Philadelphia School District, officials announced Friday.
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.
A school district spokesman confirms that Masch is leaving “by mutual agreement” with the district.
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.
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.
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.
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.
One day after the head of Philadelphia’s School Reform Commission admitted to financial mismanagement under the SRC’s previous leadership, City Council members voiced misgivings about raising an extra $90 million to help bail out the school district.