New Src Chief

Posted: August 15, 2007

THE MOST counterproductive trend in public institutions is a tendency for each new administration to cast aside all that has gone before. Years of progress can get wasted in the process.

That's why the appointment of Sandra Dungee Glenn to chair the School Reform Commission is a sign that the progress the Philadelphia schools have made under the SRC's city-state partnership will continue.

Glenn, appointed by Mayor Street as one of the city's two appointments to the five-member SRC, was named by Gov. Rendell to replace James Nevels, the SRC's founding chairman.

Rendell's elevation of Street's appointee signals the perpetuation of a productive partnership that has been reflected most tangibly in increased funding from the city and state.

There is plenty that needs fixing. The progress, though steady, has been incremental. The district needs to get its fiscal house in order and to accelerate the search for a new managment team.

But it doesn't need to throw out the baby with the bathwater. Dungee Glenn's appointment retains and elevates one of the architects of the SRC's success. *

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