This article was originally published in The Notebook. In August 2020, The Notebook became Chalkbeat Philadelphia.
After seven shorthanded months, Philadelphia’s School Reform Commission will soon have its fifth and final member.
The Pennsylvania Senate unanimously confirmed Estelle Richman’s appointment to the SRC Wednesday.
Gov. Tom Wolf appointed Richman, a former state cabinet member under Ed Rendell, to the board Oct. 14. Her nomination lingered in legislative limbo for more than half a year before finally getting the final OK from Harrisburg.
Richman still has to be officially sworn in by a judge before she can take her seat on the SRC.
Richman replaces Feather Houstoun, a Tom Corbett appointee who resigned in October near the end of her term.
Richman said she met Tuesday with Republican legislators prior to her confirmation. In that meeting, she confirmed her support of charter schools, she said, and committed to striking a "fair" labor deal with the city’s teachers union.
Richman also told lawmakers that dissolving the SRC in favor of a local school board does not rank among her top priorities, although she said she did not field any questions on the topic.