This article was originally published in The Notebook. In August 2020, The Notebook became Chalkbeat Philadelphia.
Sources have confirmed to the Notebook that Gov. Tom Corbett is appointing attorney Pedro Ramos, former school board president, to the School Reform Commission. Ramos served on the Philadelphia school board until 2001, immediately prior to the state takeover of schools.
SRC Chair Robert Archie said he was "excited" about the nomination, citing Ramos’ experience as board member and as former city managing director. "I think he brings a lot of insight," he said. Archie said he had just learned about the nomination and had not been consulted.
Ramos, a Democrat, is a public school parent and has shown a strong interest in early childhood education. He is a partner at the Philadelphia firm of Trujillo Rodriguez & Richards LLC.
Ramos will fill the vacant seat left when Ambassador David Girard-diCarlo resigned in February.
The news of the planned appointment was first tweeted by Inquirer City Hall reporter Jeff Shields.