Pedro Ramos

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Philadelphia Lawmakers Grill City’s Finance Chief On Planned Property Tax Changes

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.


(SRC chair Pedro Ramos testifies before Philadelphia City Council.  Photos from City of Phila. TV)

New Head of Philadelphia Schools Blames Previous Board For Huge Shortfalls

In blunt testimony, SRC chairman Pedro Ramos said that the previous SRC applied stimulus money to new programs rather than using it to address the long-term structural imbalance of the district’s budget.


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School Reform Commission Holds Meetings On School Closings

The School Reform Commission is in the process of holding 10 consecutive school closing hearings at the School District’s Education Center on North Broad Street.


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School Reform Commission Takes Steps To Speed Up Closures

The School Reform Commission has taken a step to speed-up the process of closing nine public schools in the city.


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School District Awards $1.4M Contract To Uncover Cost-Cutting Areas

The School District of Philadelphia is spending money in the hopes of saving money.


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Philadelphia School District Must Cut $39 Million In Order To Balance Budget

New financial figures show the Philadelphia School District still has to cut $39 million to balance this year’s budget.


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Philadelphia School District Sees Wider Budget Gap, But Improving Situation

The School District of Philadelphia says its budget gap is even deeper than last month’s figure of $61 million. But they say they’re also about halfway to closing it.


(Northeast High School, where the City of Philadelphia will continue to offer weekend recreation programs.  File photo)

City, School District Save Weekend Rec Programs in Philadelphia Schools

The School District of Philadelphia and the City of Philadelphia have cut a deal to keep city school buildings open during the weekends for recreation programs.


Former Acting Superintendent Lee Nunery (left) and Former Chief Business Officer Michael Masch will now act as special advisers to Chief Recovery Officer Thomas Knudsen.

Philadelphia School Offcials Change Leadership With Tough Budget Cuts Ahead

Former Acting Superintendent Lee Nunery (left) and Former Chief Business Officer Michael Masch will now act as special advisers to Chief Recovery Officer Thomas Knudsen.


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Choosing The Right Superintendent

As Philadelphia Public Schools search for a new Superintendent, a recent report indicates most big city supers serve an average of just over 3 years.


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Philadelphia School District Laying Off 141 Nurses and Assistants

It’s another round of layoffs in the School District of Philadelphia, right before the holidays.


(Pedro Ramos, in 2007 file photo)

SRC Could Vote Today To Make Meetings More Parent-Friendly

Philadelphia parents whose schedules don’t allow them to attend School Reform Commission meetings may get some welcome news today.


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With Ramos At The Helm, Philadelphia’s SRC Becomes More Accessible

After a summer that saw accusations of back-room deals, the new-look panel running Philadelphia schools is making an effort to engage the public.


(Pedro Ramos, in 2007 file photo)

New SRC Chairman Wants Deeper Financial Scrutiny

The new head of the School Reform Commission presides over his first meeting today. Pedro Ramos says he wants to keep a tighter watch on school district finances.


(Pedro Ramos, in 2007 file photo)

School Reform Commission Has New Chairman

Pedro Ramos, a former Philadelphia school board president and city managing director, was confirmed Monday as new chairman of the SRC.