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Ramos SRC confirmation hearing today

This article was originally published in The Notebook. In August 2020, The Notebook became Chalkbeat Philadelphia.

The Pennsylvania Senate is set to consider Gov. Tom Corbett’s nomination of Pedro Ramos to the Philadelphia School Reform Commission – finally.

The office Senate Education Committee chairman Jeffrey Piccola said that a hearing should occur sometime Monday afternoon.

"Obviously, we’re hopeful," said spokesperson Colleen Greer.

If everything goes according to plan, a full Senate vote on Ramos’ nomination will also come this afternoon, said Erik Arneson, a spokesperson for state Senator Dominic Pileggi.

According to Senate rules, Monday is the last day that Ramos can be confirmed.

A hearing for Corbett’s other new nominee, Feather Houstoun, will be held separately at a date yet to be determined.

"We do not currently have a specific timeframe established for consideration of her nomination," said Arneson.

The SRC is supposed to have five members, but has been waiting for weeks for its two vacant seats to be filled. In the meantime, the commission has been wrestling with more budget cuts, a controversial facilities master plan, and significant public skepticism about the governing board’s operations.

Interim Chair Wendell Pritchett, a mayoral appointee who did not require confirmation, recently expressed concern over the delays in Harrisburg.

"It really is a frustration that we don’t have the full complement [of five commissioners] yet," Pritchett told the Notebook/NewsWorks earlier this month.

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