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October 2011 Vol. 19. No. 2 Focus on School Turnarounds

News in brief

Gov. Corbett taps Pedro Ramos to fill one vacant SRC seat

By by Avi Wolfman-Arent on Sep 21, 2011 09:17 PM
Photo: Harvey Finkle

Pedro Ramos

Gov. Tom Corbett nominated Philadelphia attorney and longtime education activist Pedro Ramos to the School Reform Commission on June 16. If confirmed, Ramos, a Democrat, will assume the seat vacated by Republican David Girard-diCarlo, who resigned in February.

Two other vacancies opened when Chair Robert Archie and Commissioner Johnny Irizarry, appointees of Mayor Nutter, stepped down on September 19.

Ramos would serve until 2014. A confirmation vote by the state Senate is expected in October.

Meanwhile, there has been a growing debate about whether the SRC has outlived its usefulness.

A group of Pennsylvania Senate Democrats is pushing for legislation to replace the SRC with a nine-member elected board. Earlier, in May, state Rep. Louise Bishop introduced a bill in the Assembly to abolish the SRC. One month later, state Rep. Angel Cruz proposed a referendum for voters to decide if the SRC should be replaced with an elected school board.

Ramos said there is value in having state oversight because it "has resulted in increased funding, some additional flexibility and willingness to try different things in the School District that weren't tried before."

A 1983 graduate of Central High School, Ramos served on the Board of Education from 1995 to 2001. As board president during his last two years, he oversaw that body up to its dissolution in favor of the SRC.

He said part of what's essential to the SRC's ability to function well is a need for candor, especially around the issue of budgets. "I think when it comes to District finances, you need to be very transparent," Ramos said.

Comments (5)

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on December 3, 2011 1:23 pm

Mr. Ramos,
Did you have to learn English? Was English your first language? Have you many friends and colleagues who had to learn English as a Second Language? How can you allow so many cuts to the School district’s ELL program? How can you morally allow more ESOL teachers to be laid off now just because ESL instruction is not mandated? How can you look at yourself in the mirror? What do you say to parents and friends who were or have children who are English Language Learners? Please don’t do this to the children Mr. Ramos.

Submitted by Carol (not verified) on June 6, 2014 8:33 am
These are some of the best questions someone could ask him. I'm also curious about the answers but he will never say anything about this.
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Submitted by dana (not verified) on June 3, 2014 4:12 am
I hope he will do good work and we will be able to see some much waited for improvements.

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