Transition from State to Local Controlled School Board Begins in Philly

Transition from State to Local Controlled School Board Begins in Philly

This week a nominating panel will convene to begin a month long process that will end with a list of 27 names that will be given to the Mayor of Philadelphia for a chance at a seat on the reformed nine member school board of directors.  The school board will assume responsibility for the Philadelphia School District, a responsibility handled for most of the past two decades by the School Reform Commission.

There are limitations on who can be appointed to the board (Philadelphia will not have an elected board as all other school districts in the state do).  City and school district employees cannot be candidates, nor can those holding specific elected offices.

At one time Pittsburgh had an appointed school board and there was mention of returning to one fifteen years ago but no change has occurred in its arrangement.