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Commissioner Dworetzky to move to West Coast, plans to stay on SRC

By Helen Gym on Jun 3, 2011 04:33 PM

School Reform Commissioner Joseph Dworetzky, who has served on the SRC since October 2009, is moving to San Francisco but still intends to remain with the School Reform Commission.

Dworetzky confirmed today that he will head to the West Coast with his wife, Anne Banse, a top executive with Comcast Corp. who is starting a new office there as head of Comcast Ventures. He expects to move at the end of August, and plans to live there at least two years. The appointee of former governor Rendell said he plans to commute to Philadelphia and stay for more than a week each month at his own expense, long enough to overlap with the two monthly Wednesday SRC meetings.

“I am committed to making this work,” Dworetzky said today.

He said he intends to complete his five-year term with the commission, where he says he has focused on developing the Adaptive Reuse Policy of the facilities master plan, and supporting the Renaissance Schools initiative, athletics, and afterschool programs.

Had Dworetzky stepped down, it would have left open two seats on the commission for Gov. Tom Corbett to fill. The governor has yet to fill the seat vacated by Commissioner David Girard-DiCarlo in February. The third SRC slot filled by the governor is held by Commissioner Denise McGregor Armbrister, also a Rendell appointee, and has a term that ends in January 2012.

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Comments (26)

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on June 3, 2011 5:25 pm

Are you KIDDING me?!

What a joke and a crime, cannot someone do something with this merry band of corrupt, inept, out of touch, jerks (from Ackerman on down). What a complete and utter joke we must be to the rest of the country

Submitted by teachmyway (not verified) on June 3, 2011 6:08 pm

Just get rid of the SRC period, they don't have the best interest of our children anyhow. They are more about keeping a superintendent that is more concerned about her plan, 2014 than about whats good for children. And don't even mention the political ties to the upcoming charters in the city. Just get rid of them, City Counsel needs to step up

Submitted by Chaos is Winning (not verified) on June 3, 2011 11:03 pm

Amen. Considering what we've witnessed over the past few years, it's obvious Dworetzky will be allowed to engage in this outrageous scenario, since the SRC does whatever it wants with impunity, as does Ms. Ackerman. The people will just lie back and let it all happen.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on June 3, 2011 7:26 pm

Only in a broke disrespected city like Philadelphia where the political classes laugh at the stupid parents of the school children could this happen.

Can you even imagine someone on the Lower Merion seriously purposing something so absurd?

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on June 3, 2011 7:23 pm

WHAT?!?! Replace not only him, the entire SRC and their string puller, Ackerman. I have never had such disrespect for a person in Philadelphia as I do Arlene Ackerman. She pisses away the states money and laughs at the state. DISGRACE.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on June 3, 2011 7:46 pm

I'm a teacher who will be moving to San Francisco with my wealthy wife. No worries - I'll return once a month in order to replace my long-term sub. Out of the goodness og my heart, and because the district cannot possibly function with my rubber-stamp approach to following all orders and mandates, no matter how senseless or corrupt, I will spend the entire month prior to the PSSA with "my" kids.

Submitted by Chaos is Winning (not verified) on June 3, 2011 11:25 pm


Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on June 4, 2011 9:04 am

I think that you should ask the Office of the Queen to reimburse all your travel expenses. Make sure you fly first class and eat at five-star restaurants like she did in San Francisco. They'll just lay off a couple more teachers to pay for it! No prob.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on June 3, 2011 8:15 pm

I wrote the above. In retrospect, I should not have brought the man's wife into it. That said, how can a person who will no longer be a resident of this city help spend hundreds of millions of dollars while asking me to take a pay cut.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on June 3, 2011 9:23 pm

This highlights what a joke having the School District run by the SRC is. We are an occupied colony being run by outsiders who have to stake in the children of this city or the city future. They are in it to make money for their friends who want to make charter schools a profit making business at the expense of the teaching staff from whom "concessions" will be demanded so they can rob even more money from the general population than they have through Wall Street. What is happening to the public schools and this generation of children is a historic crime for which this country is going to be paying for a long time.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on June 4, 2011 6:52 am

Better this than a Corbin appointee.

Submitted by Archie (not verified) on June 4, 2011 8:46 am

Yeah, because Rendall and Nutter's appointee's have done a stellar job.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on June 4, 2011 8:57 am

The politician who actually addresses and makes a change to this group of individuals will win the next election with no problem.

Submitted by Philly Parent and Teacher (not verified) on June 4, 2011 8:35 am

This is an opportunity to get rid of the SRC. Archie should resign for conflict of interest - his law firm seems to represent many charter schools and the SDP - and his unethical, if not illegal activities, regarding Universal/Audenreid and Martin Luther King High Schools. Armbrister never says a word, never questions anything (at least not in public) and is a rubber stamp for Ackerman. Her term should be up next year (2012) since she was appointed in 2007. That leaves on SRC member, Irizarry, who can run for a newly elected School Board!

Submitted by Audax (not verified) on June 4, 2011 11:38 am

The worst thing about this is that he has been the only person to ask real questions and vote no on recent items.

We've never had an elected board here in Philadelphia, it is time.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on June 4, 2011 1:56 pm

He better be careful not to ask too many questions or he will end up on the Hedi track.

Submitted by Audax (not verified) on June 4, 2011 3:06 pm

But he's already leaving!

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on June 5, 2011 11:51 am

Heidi Ramirez had a background in education and asked insightful and penetrating questions. Mr. Dworetsky asks meaningless and petty questions about minor areas, usually concerning the spending of small amounts of money. Had he been studying the budget last year, perhaps he could have asked the kind of questions that would have alerted the rest of the SRC to understand that a financial crisis was imminent.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on June 4, 2011 3:08 pm

What is the point of asking questions if his vote is a rubber stamp?

Submitted by Chairman Archie (not verified) on June 6, 2011 11:48 am

Why are you asking that question?

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on June 5, 2011 1:04 pm

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on June 5, 2011 1:20 pm

Submitted by MLK SAC Member (not verified) on June 6, 2011 11:24 am

This is absolutely ridiculous!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Why is this bhavior being accepted and allowed. At what point to we get back to the business of our children???

Submitted by Truly Anonymous (not verified) on June 6, 2011 1:58 pm

Could there be another SRC vacancy looming with the Mayor's Chief of Staff leaving for Johns Hopkins?

Submitted by Erika Owens (not verified) on June 6, 2011 1:47 pm

That's possible. This post explains how Denise McGregor Armbrister's term is about up anyway--it expires Jan. 2012.

Submitted by Phantom Poster (not verified) on June 6, 2011 2:09 pm

Why not just declare the SRC experiment a success, disband it, and return the district to local control?

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