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As new SRC chair, Neff plans to continue teamwork

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

Your browser does not support the audio tag. Gov. Wolf called — and Philadelphia School Reform Commissioner Marjorie Neff answered.

Neff replaced Bill Green, an appointee of former Gov. Tom Corbett, as chair of the SRC, a position with responsibilities such as setting the agenda for meetings and signing all School District contracts.

But Neff, a former principal of Julia R. Masterman, a special admissions district-run school, said she’s not expecting to shake things up. "I’m a collaborator. I’m interested in making sure all voices are heard," she said the day after the switch was made. "So I don’t think there’s going to be any changes."

As for new directions, Neff said she is "just trying to support the governor in his reinvestment in public education."

Green has "graciously" stated he would work with her, Neff added.

"We work as a team together," said Green, who said he didn’t expect the decisions coming out of the SRC to change with new leadership.

One reason given for the change, via a Wolf representative, was the governor’s unhappiness about the SRC’s approval of five new charter schools last month. However, a different chair would not necessarily have changed that outcome.

"Each commissioner gets one vote," said Green. It takes three votes to pass any measure through the SRC.

In a statement, Wolf called for new investments and a "fresh path" forward for the District, adding that it will be "refreshing to have an educator who understands the needs of our schools as chair."

Green ‘respects’ decision, but questions validity

Although he has promised to step down in function, Green still identifies himself as chair and said he plans take the governor to court over his removal from the office of chair.

In response to Wolf’s appointment of Neff, Green said, "I respect that decision, but I don’t think it was valid."

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