The commissioners also moved Policy 406 ahead for review, despite fierce opposition from charters.
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.
They are seeking to influence who is chosen for the Board of Education and to get Council support in disputes with District regulations.
Republicans accuse him of playing politics in an election year. He is running for re-election, and at least one legislative leader, Mike Turzai, is vying to oppose him.
Members elected officers and heard presentations on ethics and legal requirements of the selection process. Activists are raising concerns about transparency.
Part of the first meeting, on Friday morning, is open to the public.