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Lorene Cary takes leave of absence from SRC




The District has announced that SRC member Lorene Cary is taking a leave of absence due to what is described as a "temporary" illness. Doctors said that she needed to rest so it doesn't become chronic.

The leave is effective next Monday.

Cary's absence leaves just four votes on the commission, which could prove problematic on important and controversial votes. Even with just four active members, the commission still needs three votes for a quorum, and three votes to pass anything.

Cary is one of two people appointed to the five-member commission by Mayor Nutter. A writer and Penn professor, she has taken on school climate and violence reduction as a major project.

The text of the press release, from the mayor's office, follows:

SRC Commissioner, Lorene Cary will be on temporary medical leave from the School Reform Commission effective on September 24, 2012.

In a letter to the Mayor and the SRC chair, Cary said that a lingering illness is severely curtailing her ability to work on the Commission and, heeding her doctor’s orders, she is resting and recovering “so as not to turn temporary illness into chronic incapacity.”

Dr. Lori Shorr, Mayor Nutter’s Chief Education Officer, said, “We appreciate the service Commissioner Cary has provided to the School Reform Commission thus far and wish her a speedy and full recovery.”

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