Under the gavel of a new chair, Philadelphia’s School Reform Commission considered much but did little at its November meeting Tuesday night.
The convening was Joyce Wilkerson’s first as chair of the five-member body. Mayor Kenney appointed Wilkerson to the SRC earlier this month. She was soon thereafter named chair by Gov. Wolf.
Wilkerson started the meeting with a brief statement in which she emphasized the importance of working across different levels of government. The SRC is split between appointees of the mayor and the governor, and it struggles, at times, to reach consensus on major issues.
“I recognize the importance of partnering with both the city, the state, and hopefully the federal government as we begin to better align services and coordinate strategies to improve the outcomes for our children,” Wilkerson said. “I believe that we speak loudest and are most effective when we’re working collaboratively to advance these goals.”
Wilkerson, one-time chief of staff to former Philadelphia Mayor John Street, also received a warm welcome from Superintendent William Hite.