The Super Bowl champion center picked up his high school saxophone and joined in with student musicians.
Some applied, and some were submitted by others. The nominating panel will recommend 27 candidates to the mayor on Monday.
More than 3,000 people filled out a citywide questionnaire about Philadelphia schools.
The commissioners also moved Policy 406 ahead for review, despite fierce opposition from charters.
The effort aims to lift not only individuals, but also the city’s overall educational and economic attainment.
The School Reform Commission is due to consider the policy Thursday. Several dozen charter advocates rallied outside District headquarters to protest, citing overreach and a lack of collaboration.
As Philadelphia prepares for its new school board, charter leaders are angling for independence from the District and pushing for friendly board members.
Four other low-performing schools will get extra resources for 'internal' turnaround.
They are seeking to influence who is chosen for the Board of Education and to get Council support in disputes with District regulations.
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The city is launching a campaign to bring computer science to all students.
The overall picture in the District looks better, but some recent findings are alarming.
They won't have their own logins to the new student info system until January. Teachers worry about the longer-term effects, however.
Decision reverses longstanding view that courts should stay out of education funding and could lead to upheaval of the current system