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SRC crafts criteria for new superintendent

The School Reform Commission has drafted six criteria for the superintendent the District is preparing to hire, as well as a more detailed timeline for the search.

The draft criteria, outlined in a recent presentation by commissioners Lorene Cary and Feather Houstoun at the Philadelphia Education Fund, emphasize the need "to coordinate and motivate a diverse group of managers of different types of schools in different types of settings."

The criteria also reflect an interest from the new SRC in more autonomy for individual schools and a less centralized approach to leadership.

The draft timeline, also listed in the presentation, calls for advertising the position in early March following a period of community feedback. A hiring decision would come in mid-May. According to a District statement earlier this week, "While the goal is to announce a new superintendent by July, hiring will only proceed if the right candidate is found."

The open position is so far being referred to as "superintendent" – a title adopted by Arlene Ackerman when she took the top District job in 2008 – rather than the title of "CEO" that was preferred by the SRC when Paul Vallas was hired to head the District in 2002.

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