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Marilyn Perez named Edison principal

By Paul Socolar on Jun 16, 2010 01:41 PM

In an unusual move, the School District has assigned one of its top, veteran administrators, Marilyn Perez, to serve as principal of Edison High School next fall. Perez is currently regional superintendent for the Central Region.

Perez grew up in the neighborhood served by Edison, and has previously served as a teacher, assistant principal, principal, and assistant to the chief academic officer in the District.

Perez was introduced and the appointment announced at the opening of today's SRC meeting.

"The Edison High School students and families are a tremendous asset to the city of Philadelphia," Perez told the assembled audience, speaking in English and then in Spanish. "I believe Edison High School can stand for excellence and be a great school."

Superintendent Arlene Ackerman described Perez as "someone who well understands the community" and "an educator who has a history of success with everything she does." Ackerman praised Perez for her willingness to make the move in what has been an upward career trajectory.

Edison serves over 1,500 students. During the 2009-10 school year, 82 percent of students were Latino, 16 percent African American, 1 percent White, and 1 percent Asian. Edison did not make AYP in 2009 and is in Corrective Action II, 7th year.

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Submitted by Annonymous (not verified) on June 16, 2010 3:19 pm

Someone has a limited memory re: Perez. She was head of the "Restructured" schools for 1/2 a year - she benefited from the previous leadership. Then, rather abruptly in December 2005, she resigned in the midst of a lot of chaos. (This was the year Olney was divided into two schools.) She made a mess of things and left. Then, I believe, in 2007, the SDP brought her back. Perez is well connected but never taught in high school (I don't know if she taught 5 years anywhere) and, based on my experience, knows little about high school. Maybe she has learned more over the past few years but Edison HS needs seasoned educators - not someone else "climbing" the SDP ladder.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on June 17, 2010 10:11 am

I remember. She was directly responsible for a lot of the chaos at Olney that year. There as very little pre-planning that happened before they split the schools - something she was in charge of. I can't believe she's even still around.

Submitted by Anonymous on June 16, 2010 5:41 pm

Well, talk about recycling...why would someone WILLINGLY take a step back to run a very troubled high prove she can? Sort of like taking a job as the defensive coordinator after being the head don't do it to prove you can, you only do it because you lost your head coaching job and have to re-prove yourself. The thing of it is stability is only achieved by placing a highly qualified, LONG TERM principal into the second largest high school in the city...and stability is your only chance at turning a low achieving school around! Principal taking a career detour through a traditionally under-performing school = recipe for disaster.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on June 16, 2010 5:18 pm

I am going to look at this move positively and believe that Ackerman has put a passionate, intelligent leader in place to take this school in a new direction. Hopefully we shall see promising results come next year.

Submitted by Interesting (not verified) on June 16, 2010 5:59 pm

Give the woman a chance.

Submitted by Believe it or not... (not verified) on June 16, 2010 9:46 pm

Ms. Perez left the SDP "hanging" before -

"Official's abrupt resignation roils schools plan: Marilyn Perez, who left before the holidays, was overseeing 11 of the district's most academically troubled schools in the new "CEO region.
The Philadelphia Inquirer (Philadelphia, PA)
| December 29, 2005

Submitted by ConcernedRican (not verified) on June 16, 2010 6:39 pm

The news that the School District is replacing the current principal of Edison High School with one of their "own" demonstrates, at least in this writer's mind, a lack of understanding, vision, and leadrship required to transform/reform a failing local educational system. Moreover, this move shows what happens when politics and self-interest are the motivation behind important decisions.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on June 16, 2010 9:27 pm

She's a train wreck waiting to happen. Anyone hear about how she "abruptly" left the Baltimore School District as well?

Submitted by nosoyboricua (not verified) on June 16, 2010 10:15 pm

Wow another lie.. isn't it time the truth is revealed? Isn't it true that all 440 latino administrators are being demoted... isn't it true that MP didn't have much of a choice if she wanted a job.. amazing.. rican administrators being demoted and taking each others jobs... good looking out perez..
We should assume tomorrow Ackerman is replacing principals at Fels, Frankford,, etc.. because their data is not any different than EHS. Oh, they are not latino administrators therefore no change there ..... which would explain Why W.Philly principal was under attack "Cruz" is her last name - then someone found out she is not "cruz" by birth but by marriage...
The truth is this - the district is full of incompetent leaders and no they are not all at the schools.. isn't it true that ackerman told "all" regionals that they were being demoted because principals and teachers did not fear them as they fear HER -therefore, (regional leaders) failed her.. and if this isn't true someone needs to tell the comprehensive high school regional leaders because that's what they heard at their meeting and told their schools ... all I can say.. boy am I glad I'm not a "rican" in this district.... but I am a non rican teacher who is tired of all of the lies.....

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on June 16, 2010 10:43 pm

I give her 2 months before she makes an act of vanishing the district once again... didn't she leave before to do a Dr. program... I don't think they call her Dr. Perez, I guess she left that as well before it got too hard for her to finish

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on June 16, 2010 10:34 pm

nosoyboriuca, seems you have hit it right on the nail's head. I guess we will be waiting for those other ricans to be announced on their selection of new positions.. again, by choice because they really really want to and "someone who well understands the community"... understands it so well she lasted how long at Olney...

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on June 16, 2010 10:45 pm

The article should be titled: "struggling administrator to lead struggling school"... Perez's "has a history of success with everything she does", Lets recap, just this couple of years, from assistant to the CAO to Regional to now Principal... give her a couple and she will be the next Assistant Principal of a "stuggling" school.... great history...

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on June 16, 2010 11:48 pm

The article should be titled: "struggling administrator to lead struggling school"... Perez's "has a history of success with everything she does", Lets recap, just this couple of years, from assistant to the CAO to Regional to now Principal... give her a couple and she will be the next Assistant Principal of a "stuggling" school.... great history...

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on June 16, 2010 11:06 pm

i don't know if i agree with many of the comments here. it's true, this position is a demotion, but let's not take that to heart when we think of Marilyn Perez; after all Ackerman only demotes people who she thinks are smart and actually do something; she promotes those who are stupid and will do whatever she tells them to do. take that into consideration.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on June 16, 2010 11:08 pm

Excellent point.

I automatically think well of people that Ackerman demotes. She only promotes croonies, Incompetents and those who are intimidated into silence. Let's not judge Perez prematurely

Submitted by Meg (not verified) on June 17, 2010 6:03 am

Finally. Truth.
Ms. Perez is stepping back because she is in trouble. She actually tried standing up to Ackerman. She is now not welcome back into 440. Give her a chance. She tried doing right by one of her schools.

Submitted by Annonymous (not verified) on June 17, 2010 8:21 am

Whatever Ms. Perez did this year, she has a track record of creating havoc and running (CEO Region in December 2005, Baltimore in 2006, etc.) . Edison HS needs a long term (10 years anyone?) principal who is not undermined by 440 (e.g. undermining the Germantown principal re: graduation). The principal also has to respect teachers - Perez, at least at the Olney fiasco in 2005 - did not. She trashed on teachers and did many things to undermine the "transition" which was to occur at Olney East and West.

Submitted by Meg (not verified) on June 17, 2010 9:39 am

I agree that we need people in power that willl stand up to Ackerman. That is true. But, as you said, (although I am reversing your words) we need 440 to not undermine her teachers and principals. That lack of respect does a lot of damage.

Submitted by Meg (not verified) on June 17, 2010 9:44 am

I agree that we need people in power that willl stand up to Ackerman. That is true. But, as you said, (although I am reversing your words) we need 440 to not undermine her teachers and principals. That lack of respect does a lot of damage.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on June 17, 2010 9:36 am

I really appreciate the concern over Edison. For my part, I have always found Ms. Perez to be very straightforward and also accountable to students and community members. I like her.

Submitted by nosoyboricua (not verified) on June 17, 2010 12:13 am

Anonymous - I do not disagree with you.. she does promote the incompetent folks. I am surely not questioning Marilyns ability but I must say.. high schools and elementary schools are two different worlds. The reality is that Ackerman is not looking out for anyones interest but her own... it isn't about what's in the best interests of the schools and students. Teachers are tired of being held accountable for everything and frankly how do we benefit from being at war with administrators? We must keep things in perspectives - one doesn't need to have a Ph.D to figure out that an individual who has been a princ, ap, supt., CAO, CEO, and everything else.. will not wake up one day and say "Today I will be a good samaritan.. I will leave my "high ranking" post and serve this school in need.." A comprehensive high school in need can not afford a new principal yearly... so is mp committed to this school for years? Don't think so.. so here we go again... this system is set for everyone to fail but let's all guess who keeps her job and gets a bonus when we all meet our report card goals/targets? How can a school be successful when the district does not allow for a climate conducive to learning? Allowing students who have been through discipline schools for major infractions to return? It is not that I don't believe they can succeed.. sure... but not in the reg setting - schools suspend and regions direct schools to change the consequence because an angry parent calls... and how about the social promotion aspect... students who never attended 6,7, or 8th grade promoted to the 9th grade..... teachers who are being held accountable turn against administrators and contact incompetent folks in the regions and are entertained by regional folks... find two folks who don't like you and you are done... it is difficult enough to be a teacher in this district... who the heck in their right mind would want to be an administrator and not be respected!!
Is it truly a surprise to folks that many of our schools are considered "persistently dangerous" - hello... we reside in a persistently dangerous city.. the state of PA has it's own definition of persistently dangerous.. here it goes.. if schools stop a weapon at the door - it works against the school.. have enough of those.. your school is dangerous... so I say.. then why stop it at the door.. if schools do the correct thing they are penalized.. is the secret.. persistently dangerous schools are actually the safest.. know why? .. they actually report the TRUTH.. and STOP it at the door.. I would worry about those schools with a high crime zipcode and have had their schools removed from the list.. someone is not telling the truth!! check out other states definitions.. LA and Chicago "gang zones, etc.. "do not have persistently dangerous schools as we do.. surely not... their definition differs... all I can say is thank G I'm close to retirement...

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on June 17, 2010 10:50 pm

Edison high school shows huge gains on the PSSA.. the current group of students arrived at the same time the current principal arrived . It sounds to me like Mr. Principal was actually doing his job!

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on June 17, 2010 10:12 pm

Edison High School PSSA results show huge gains.. it sounds to me like Mr. Principal is doing his job!!

Submitted by teacher in hte trenches. (not verified) on June 18, 2010 1:54 pm

There's lots of places in the same boat. Huge gains now, but major changes being shoved down their throats for the summer and September. The changes will be praised for future gains, even though the numbers jumped this time. Ackerman will take full credit while the people who really did it will not be in the classrooms there anymore.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on June 17, 2010 11:16 pm

I have heard many parent complaints concerning Ms. Perez. She doesn't work well with them.
My concern is that she is now being "demoted" to principal of a struggling school. Principals are never fired. They are moved to 440 and placed in an administrative position as a reward (e.g. South Philly High Principal who quit). I know a few who have returned to schools after a stint downtown. They don't necessarily improve the second time around.
Cautiously awaiting the other announcements, because everything is being kept hush - hush. I guess we will know all of the changes the week before school begins.
Education is continuing to be led by the politicians in the State of Pennsylvania along with the City of Philadelphia. Woe be to the children.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on June 18, 2010 12:11 pm

Edison High School will surely change now, Ackerman will honor any request made by Perez so that she will look good and Mr. Principal, look bad. Although the numbers that Ackerman preach for were provided by the students under the leader she cut. Perez will get any kid out and anything that she will need, they will make her work! The district does this all the time, but when the school needed the help it took at least 6 months to get somebody out!

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on June 18, 2010 1:57 pm

Put the race card back into your pockets!! Let's begin to call a spade a spade, how do you get the right to march thru schools demanding this and that when you have not actually walked the walk?? Why because she is "highly" connected? Yet a disservice has been done to our children not only with her but with others in similar cases as well. I don't 100% agree with every decision that Dr. Ackerman makes, but I like the fact that she wants everyone to have their ducks in order before you become a leader. I also feel that alot of her attacks as well have been racially and gender motivated. To my understanding the district has not been right in terms of administration since Dr. Connie Clayton!!!

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on June 18, 2010 7:19 pm

Its so sad how the community continues to suffer because ackerman wants to flex her anger and use her power in the negative way. I have witness success in urban education but was with stability and support. Mr. Lugo if those don't know came from the same area the hood, many years spent as a gym teacher at Potter Thomas located at 6 & Indiana, wait is that the same area sure ackermam, blocks away. I then believe he became Assistant Principal of what school Ms Ackerman well if you do not know ask Edison High School. He then became principal so if I recall correctly mr lugo has dedicated his whole career in education to a community in need. Ackerman wanted gain in numbers but from what I read pssa shows gain for Edison but since Mr. Lugo is a hispanic male leader ackerman feels intimidated. The only one that seems to gain from this principal hard work, that allow his students and teachers to perform is ackerman with another bonus. Let's talk about that a district in need of funds and ceo ackerman or should I say Dr. Ackerman making all this money off my kids, cause at the end of the day she will be sitting and just couting her 500,000 salary and bonus, but hey members of the FBI look into how is she able to make so much and then run promise academy and make an additional 500,000 of tax payer money. Leave the folks that are making a change alone, make public Mr.Lugo career and his numbers on pssa and compare it to any other and I would rather have my son graduate from Edison. This school is transparent and I have seen everything reported and job well done. This district needs to step up with lawyers. And challenge these decisions that hinder the mission of the district in making productive members of society. Ackerman received another check and kicked out another educator from a community in need. Perez becareful and remember your roots your a latina and ackerman doesn't care bout you, member she demoted you! Mr lugo thank you for your service!

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on June 20, 2010 10:54 am

The teachers at Edison should watch their backs. Perez will condemn first and ask NO questions. It will be a great show when she stands up and in a fiery speech promotes her concern for kids but just as fiercely will she blame the adults for not doing their jobs... That's IF she hangs around.

Submitted by dave (not verified) on October 5, 2011 9:13 pm

and now she is gone..... destroyed the school and now it's all ready for aspira

Submitted by Bill Hangley (not verified) on October 5, 2011 10:15 pm

What's the story, Dave? Has Perez stepped down?

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on October 6, 2011 12:06 am

She is the new Superintendent of Pennsauken schools in NJ

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on November 4, 2011 12:10 am

Hello, Who is the principal now at Edison High school?

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on October 8, 2011 9:43 pm

Seems like you were all wrong! She cleaned Edison of teachers that do not want to be accountable, that do not want to TEACH, leadership starts in the classroom! And did she get demoted? Lol, on your face! Superintendent nonetheless!!! Be carefull you all that LOVE to bash her behind her back...she might come back as our Superintendent!!! That would be awesome, a woman with vision in charge of our School District...good luck Ms. Perez, job well done, you will be missed, and THANK YOU! God bless. You all talk much but how can you shift the weight to make it work when all the hands are busy backstabbing? Instead of being divided, united to change the school for the best is what should've happened, if she "failed" it's because of YOU! You failed. You did great Ms Perez, vaya con la frente en alto.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on October 8, 2011 11:38 pm

you are aware that the teachers that "do not want to teach" were hired by CAPA, Central, Palumbo, Northeast. you are aware that her Principal colleagues do not have a single good thing to say about her either and she is a joke among her peers because people know how she climbed the ladder? you are aware that the students of Edison are heartbroken at the loss of their teachers and they (very openly and publicly) curse her out because they can identify a fake person a mile away?

But that's awesome. She can do the same thing to Jersey! She abruptly resigns every post she has so she'll be back as our Superintendent in no time at all!

Didn't realize you could lol *on* someone's face, but I'm sure that's as bogus as her doing "a job well done" by resigning every post she's appointed to.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on October 9, 2012 11:13 pm

"teachers who don't want to teach"

No one forced those teachers to leave Edison, they decided to leave on their own, no one "Cleaned house" or forced them out.. Everyone knew Perez wouldn't last and would blow out as fast as she blew in. The vast majority of teachers decided to "ride out the storm" and stand by their students. The kids recognize, appreciate and respect that, because they also can recognize quitters as fakers. It easy to say you love your kids while the sun is shinning, it's who stands by them when the storms hit that shows who truely cares.

Submitted by Inspired_Apple on October 9, 2011 7:07 am


Submitted by Anita Rivera (not verified) on October 22, 2011 12:25 am

Yes you bet beleive Mrs. Perez worked very hard to get to where she is. "Stop hating you bunch of haters." You all have nothing better to do than
to bad mouth this woman. I BET YOU ALL WISH YOU WERE IN HER SHOES.


Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on October 9, 2012 7:13 pm

Is that Marilyn defending her poor policies?

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on November 4, 2011 12:31 am

who is now the principal of Edison?

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on October 9, 2012 7:18 pm

So she is pretty much the same bull headed women at Pennsauken hiring cronies from PA into the jersey school. First day in in Pennsauken she told everyone a story about "this little girl" and how the teachers picked on "the little girl". This story was told to a room full of teachers. She then told a smaller room of teachers who volunteer their time after school to plan events that teachers really don't have the best interests of the parents. Teachers do not treat students or thier parents with respect. In reality Pennsauken increased test school for 5straight years before she got there, but she went ahead and forced prescribed lessons on teachers a month before the state tests. Obviously no one did them because teachers can't just switch everything up on a whim. At the start on 2012 she had a cronie change the lesson plan format, gave no training in it and forced VP 's to give tenured teachers Unsatisfactories in the first 2 weeks of school because of the lesson plans. She is an ignorant, arrogant, vindictive, and a poor planning admin who has no eternal leadership skills. She follows Dr. Casandra Jones's format and shoves it down the throats of people trying to ask good educational questions about her strategies. She is a real joke and will be exposed. Watch out For the truth to be told!

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on November 14, 2012 10:12 am
and then she left abrutly from ehs and went to nj ---thats a leader huh?
Submitted by Disappointed (not verified) on August 17, 2014 11:39 am
Lo and behold she is out of Pennsauken too... many employees left when she was there due to her cockiness, micromanagement and poor interpersonal/leadership skills. It seemed like she came in with good intentions but let it get to her head, used people, stepped on a number of backs on the way up and now is gone... another disaster in another school district and state. What next? If only she didn't use people, talk down to others and showoff she would have been okay...

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