This article was originally published in The Notebook. In August 2020, The Notebook became Chalkbeat Philadelphia.
Feather Houstoun, Gov. Tom Corbett’s most recent nominee to the School Reform Commission, was confirmed today by the Pennsylvania Senate. She becomes the fourth new commissioner added since September, rounding out the five-member panel.
Houstoun, a Republican, has a long history as a public official in both New Jersey and Pennsylvania, and until earlier this year headed the Philadelphia-based William Penn Foundation.
She fills the seat held by former Commissioner Denise McGregor Armbrister, who resigned in October, three months before the expiration of her term.
Houstoun is expected to attend when the SRC meets this Friday at 2 p.m.; the December "action meeting" is slated for Wednesday, December 21.
In a Monday evening statement commending the Senate’s confirmation of Houstoun, Mayor Nutter said, "I know that the SRC expects to begin the serious work of recruiting a permanent Superintendent and charting a course toward an educational system that provides a complete education for all students, a result that will benefit our entire city.”