Lati-not On Src

Posted: January 19, 2007

WE HAD hoped that talk of naming a Latino to replace Daniel Whelan, who is white, on the School Reform Commission would become a reality.

After all, Latino students make up 17 percent of the district's 180,000 students.

And it's a population that is struggling.

Though the fastest-growing population in the city, Latinos have the lowest graduation rate and highest dropout rate - a staggering 50 percent - according to a Johns Hopkins University study.

Instead, Gov. Rendell yesterday nominated Denise McGregor Armbrister, a highly qualified executive who runs the Wachovia Regional Foundation. The foundation helps families in low-income neighborhoods in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware. Plus Armbrister and her husband, Clarence, have children in the public schools.

Armbrister, who must be confirmed by the Senate, appears to have the experience and sensitivity to ensure the needs of our children are addressed. So we aren't disappointed by the candidate, who is black. Only that an opportunity has been missed to diversify the SRC board (now at two blacks, two whites) so it reflects the district's student population. *

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