PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – The state panel running Philadelphia’s schools could have a much different look in a few months.
The terms of three of the five members of the School Reform Commission expire in January. They include governor’s appointee Feather Houstoun, and city appointees — chair Marge Neff and Sylvia Simms.
“We want not just people. We want the right people,” says Governor Wolf. “And so I’m making sure we’re vetting folks — making sure this process is done correctly.”
Wolf says a candidate’s position on charter schools is only one element:
“I don’t have any litmus test. I mean, the charter school issue here is just a dollars and cents issue.”
The governor says he’s considering a number of candidates for Houstoun’s seat:
“Absolutely. Working through that, and I should have an announcement soon.”
The governor’s choice will need to be confirmed by the state senate.
Wolf says he continues to support a return to local control for Philadelphia schools.