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District charter office chief resigns

By Benjamin Herold on Jul 31, 2012 12:44 PM

by Benjamin Herold for the Notebook and WHYY/NewsWorks

After a series of public missteps, Thomas Darden, the head of the District's Office of Charter Schools, has stepped down.

On Friday, members of Philadelphia's School Reform Commission publicly chastised Darden for failing to provide critical information about projected enrollment growth at Belmont Charter School before to the SRC's scheduled vote. Darden, whose official title was deputy for strategic initiatives, resigned later that day, confirmed District spokesperson Fernando Gallard.

Darden had earlier come under fire for publicly estimating that the cost of charter expansions approved this spring by the SRC totaled $38 million - $101 million less than the actual figure.

Last week, the Notebook/NewsWorks reported that city leaders are considering an overhaul of the District's charter office. Gallard wrote in an email Tuesday that he is "not aware of any further changes in the charter office" at this point.



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