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What about the public?

by Benjamin Herold

Members of Philadelphia's School Reform Commission oversee a system with 20,000 employees that directly serves 150,000 students.

So a lot of people want their ear.

But what do the new commissioners think the public's role should be in helping the SRC make decisions?

Philadelphia native Wendell Pritchett refers to the Quaker values he learned at Friends Select School in Center City.

"Public input – community making decisions – is a crucial aspect of Quakerism that was beaten into me," he said. "I take it very seriously."

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