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POSTED: Thursday, October 24, 2013, 11:53 AM
Pedro Ramos was appointed by Gov. Corbett in late 2011 to the School Reform Commission. He is stepping down, citing "unexpected and serious family circumstances."

Pedro Ramos said the things you'd expect a gubernatorial pick to tell Gov. Corbett in his formal resignation letter: it was a privilege to serve, thank you for the opportunity, etc.

But Ramos - who stunned education watchers on Monday when he gave up his seat and the chairmanship of the SRC - also made a few comments about funding.

"As I switch from the role of a public official to that of a private citizen," Ramos wrote in his resignation letter, dated Oct. 21, "I look forward to continuing to support and advocate for a public education system where all adults insist upon a safe, high-quality seat for every child. Dr. Hite and the SRC have that commitment and should have the collaborative support of the commonwealth and the city to deliver on that standard. That support entails financial support, as well as a system and a culture of adult accountability and adult accommodation to the needs of students." (Emphasis mine.)

POSTED: Thursday, October 24, 2013, 4:00 PM
Pedro A. Ramos, Chairman, School Reform Commission speaks during a news conference at Andrew Jackson Elementary School, Thursday, May 9, 2013, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

In the "Who Should Replace Pedro Ramos on the SRC" department, more names have surfaced.

A coalition including the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers, Youth United for Change, and Action United has sent Gov. Corbett a letter with their choices: Penn Graduate School of Education professor Torch Lytle, a former Philadelphia School District administrator and Trenton superintendent; and Rev. Alyn Waller, senior pastor of Enon Tabernacle Baptist Church.

The groups had this to say:

POSTED: Wednesday, October 23, 2013, 2:42 PM

The Philadelphia School District has a new head of school security.

Philadelphia Police Chief Inspector Carl Holmes started in the district last week, replacing Chief Inspector Cynthia Dorsey, who held the top safety job for less than a year.

Holmes, who has held multiple posts in the department, was recently under investigation by the police department’s Internal Affairs department for two separate incidents.

POSTED: Tuesday, October 22, 2013, 2:58 PM
Could Ed Rendell join the Philadelphia School Reform Commission?

By Kristen Graham

State Rep Mark Cohen (D., Phila) has a suggestion for Gov. Corbett as he contemplates who will replace Pedro Ramos on the School Reform Commission.

The guy is pretty familiar to Corbett - he's his predecessor in the governor's seat, in fact.

POSTED: Monday, October 21, 2013, 10:37 AM
Pedro A. Ramos resigned Monday as chair of the School Reform Commission. (File Photo / Staff)

Kristen Graham / Inquirer Staff Writer

Pedro Ramos, chair of the School Reform Commission for the past two years, resigned his post this morning.

Ramos, an attorney, cited family concerns in his resignation, which was announced by the governor's office. He was absent at last week's SRC meeting, also for family concerns. The governor's office said Ramos was attending to "recent, unexpected news within his family."

POSTED: Thursday, October 17, 2013, 2:28 PM

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POSTED: Monday, July 8, 2013, 6:15 PM
SRC Chairman Pedro Ramos speaks at Thursday's raucous public meeting on school closings while general counsel Michael Davis, and Superintendent William R. Hite Jr. (right) listen.

With the amount of state funds for Philadelphia’s public schools still in limbo, the School Reform Commission canceled its Tuesday evening meeting.

District spokesman Fernando Gallard said Monday that the SRC might reschedule for later this month if lawmakers return to Harrisburg to wrap up a few unresolved financial issues.

As of now, the next SRC meeting is set for Aug. 22.

POSTED: Wednesday, May 22, 2013, 10:56 AM

For months, I wondered what would come first: the baby or the budget?

Well, now I know - the baby! My Philadelphia School District coverage is going on hiatus for a few months as I become a first-time mom. (Any day!) 

Never fear, though - my ace education reporter colleague Martha Woodall, who writes about charter and private schools, will take over district coverage in my absence, with guest appearances by Sue Snyder, now our higher education reporter.  Martha and Sue know the ropes - they have both distinguished themselves in the past for their city schools beat coverage.  And I’ll be back in the fall, hopefully only marginally sleep deprived.

About this blog

Inquirer reporter Kristen Graham writes the Philly School Files blog, where she covers education in Philadelphia, both in and out of the classroom.

During the school year, you’ll frequently find her hosting live chats about the district on

Please do pass along the scoop about what’s going on at your Philadelphia public school; Kristen welcomes tips, story ideas and witty banter.

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