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December 2, 1995 | by Marisol Bello, Daily News Staff Writer
Pedro Ramos remembers cramming into a book closet with two other kids for his fourth-grade reading class at Hunter Elementary School because there was no other space for them. He remembers the teacher running out of books in the North Philadelphia school and having to lend him her teacher's edition. "There is no reason why anyone should have to go through any period of time without a book," Ramos said. Ramos, 30, a product of Philadelphia's public schools and a lawyer for the well-known firm Ballard Spahr Andrews and Ingersoll, is the newest Board of Education member.
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June 17, 2011 | By Kristen A. Graham and Susan Snyder, Inquirer Staff Writers
In a surprise move, Gov. Corbett on Thursday nominated Pedro A. Ramos, a Democrat and former city school board president, to the School Reform Commission. Ramos, 46, will fill the seat that opened when David F. Girard-diCarlo, a Republican, resigned this year. If confirmed by the state Senate, he would serve until 2014 in the unpaid position. Ramos - a lawyer, graduate of the district, and public-school parent - sat on the school board from 1995 through 2001. He was president for two years, until the board was dissolved and the district taken over by the state.
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October 23, 2013
PUBLIC service takes on many stripes in this city - whether you're talking about workers punching the clock at City Hall, or the social butterflies of high-culture volunteers who go to black-tie galas, or block captains who monitor their neighborhoods. Pedro Ramos, who announced yesterday that he'll be leaving his post as the chairman of the School Reform Commission, was a public servant who spent countless, and thankless, hours overseeing public education in the city at one of its more contentious points in history.
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June 17, 2011 | By VALERIE RUSS, russv@phillynews.com 215-854-5987
After Gov. Corbett named attorney Pedro Ramos - the last president of the defunct Philadelphia Board of Education - to the School Reform Commission yesterday, the irony was apparent to some. "I think that he [Ramos] is a nice guy," said Helen Gym, co-founder of the activist group Parents United for Public Education. "But the governor has named someone who was head of the Board of Education when the state decided the board was not capable of governance. "We don't need another political appointee.
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May 6, 2004 | By Marcia Gelbart INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
After Mayor Street named Pedro Ramos the city's new solicitor earlier this year, the new employee's first stop was at the doorway of the Philadelphia region's U.S. attorney, Patrick L. Meehan. "It's always better to have faces with names, and to have some open channel of communication," said Ramos, who assumed the job amid perhaps the most extensive federal investigation into municipal corruption ever faced by Philadelphia City Hall. A former employee-benefits lawyer with no criminal-law experience, Ramos, two months into his job, is functioning as Philadelphia's top lawyer during an exceptionally busy time.
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December 4, 2000 | By Susan Snyder, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Pedro Ramos keeps a vase of dried roses in his office that he received a year ago when he became president of the Board of Education. A keepsake, yes. But these days, the roses also remind him of just how much he has been through during the last 12 months. "The roses look better than me," Ramos said last week, pointing out that he has put on weight, thanks to less time on his bike and all too many cookies during the weeks he spent negotiating a new teachers' contract. Ramos may feel somewhat sleep-deprived after a year that saw the loss of a superintendent, the near total remake of the Board of Education, marathon teacher-contract negotiations, and a school-uniform policy.
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December 8, 1998 | By Susan Snyder, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
With a deficit looming and a decision on another contract for Superintendent David Hornbeck just a couple of months away, the Philadelphia school board voted yesterday to keep its leadership intact. The board, by an 8-0 vote, reelected Floyd Alston president. It will be the third consecutive year as president for Alston, 73, who also is president and chief executive officer of Beech Interplex Inc., a neighborhood revitalization company. Also, seven board members - Alston, Christine James-Brown, Dorothy Sumners Rush, Jacques Lurie, David LeVan, Pedro Ramos and Andrew Farnese - reelected Ramos as vice president, also for a third consecutive term.
NEWS
September 29, 2011
Wendell Pritchett is now officially a member of the Philadelphia School Reform Commission. Pritchett, chancellor of Rutgers University-Camden and a mayoral appointee, signed the oath on Wednesday, the mayor's office said. Pritchett will attend his first SRC meeting on Wednesday. He joins Commissioners Denise McGregor Armbrister and Joseph Dworetzky. SRC Chairman Robert L. Archie Jr. and member Johnny Irizarry resigned last week; Pedro Ramos, who's widely expected to be named chairman, awaits confirmation by the state Senate.
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November 21, 2001 | By James M. O'Neill INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Pedro Ramos, who spent two tumultuous years at the helm of Philadelphia's school board, was named yesterday to be vice president and chief of staff to University of Pennsylvania president Judith Rodin. Ramos, 36, said that he had not planned to leave his position as a partner with the Philadelphia law firm of Ballard Spahr Andrews & Ingersoll, but that when Rodin approached him about returning to his alma mater, "it was like being asked to join a gold-medal Olympic team. " Ramos graduated from Penn in 1987 with a degree in urban studies.
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January 17, 2014 | BY SEAN COLLINS WALSH & CHRIS BRENNAN, Daily News Staff Writers walshSE@phillynews.com, 215-854-4172
GOV. CORBETT will announce today that he is appointing City Councilman Bill Green IV to lead the School Reform Commission, the Daily News has learned. The Republican governor's appointment of Green, an ambitious Democratic politician with an outspoken and sometimes combative style, is an intriguing development for the beleaguered School District of Philadelphia, which is still reeling from a $304 million budget deficit revealed last year. It's unclear where Corbett will make the announcement, but he will be in Philadelphia this morning for an event at Central High School, where activists plan to protest his administration's cuts to education funding.
NEWS
December 6, 2013
IS COUNCILMAN Bill Green a good candidate to run the School Reform Commission? Green appears to be on the short list for Gov. Corbett's pick to fill the vacancy left by the departure of Pedro Ramos. (Others include former Pennsylvania Convention Center chief Al Mezzaroba and Farah Jimenez, of the People's Emergency Center.) Green has many ideas about education, having issued two policy papers in the past few years on the subject, calling for, among other things, vouchers, more charters and a radical reorganization of the school system.
NEWS
October 23, 2013
PUBLIC service takes on many stripes in this city - whether you're talking about workers punching the clock at City Hall, or the social butterflies of high-culture volunteers who go to black-tie galas, or block captains who monitor their neighborhoods. Pedro Ramos, who announced yesterday that he'll be leaving his post as the chairman of the School Reform Commission, was a public servant who spent countless, and thankless, hours overseeing public education in the city at one of its more contentious points in history.
NEWS
October 23, 2013
Pedro Ramos' second tour as the city's top education policymaker was shorter than it seemed. In just two years, Ramos presided over dramatic reductions in the School District's spending, operations, and facilities, enduring uproar from parents, employees, and the public as the price of demonstrating the schools' commitment to reform. Unfortunately, he is leaving a district that still has very little to show for the painful retrenchment of his tenure. Ramos resigned as chairman of the School Reform Commission on Monday, citing urgent family concerns, which means the governor, who has the power to appoint three of the SRC's five members, will have to find a replacement - preferably one with some of Ramos' education experience and willingness to depart from past district practice.
NEWS
October 1, 2013 | By Martha Woodall, Inquirer Staff Writer
  Seniority for public school teachers is in the crosshairs in Philadelphia and soon will be a target across Pennsylvania. Frustrated by the slow pace of negotiations for a new contract for Philadelphia teachers, a coalition of education and parents' groups says it will call on the School Reform Commission Monday to immediately pull seniority off the bargaining table and give Superintendent William R. Hite Jr. a free hand in assigning staff....
NEWS
April 9, 2013
ANYONE WHO is unaware of the Philadelphia School District's financial troubles has either been in a coma for the last year . . . or on City Council. Ever since he arrived to take over the job last fall, Superintendent William Hite has been telling one and all about the district's serious - perhaps fatal - fiscal condition. Thanks to large budget cuts, 1,000-plus layoffs and other drastic measures, the patient has stabilized. But the district had to borrow $300 million to pay its expenses this year and it projects another $300 million shortfall for next year.
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May 4, 2012 | By Bob Warner, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
In advance of a critical budget session next week, City Council members pressed the School Reform Commission Thursday to back away from a warning that the city schools may be unable to open next fall without $94 million in new funds from city real estate taxes. But the commission chairman, Pedro Ramos, politely stood his ground. "We're at a crossroads … and it feels like there's a big pile of cans sitting there in the middle of the road, and it's every can that's been kicked down the road to this point," Ramos told Council members.
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January 20, 2012 | BY REGINA MEDINA, medinar@phillynews.com 215-854-5985
THE SCHOOL Reform Commission last night emphasized the Reform in its name, hiring a "chief recovery officer" to lead Philly's school district out of a financial abyss for the next six months and demoting two top-ranking officials. Former PGW head Thomas Knudsen was named to the new post. He will have the authority of the superintendent and the chief financial officer, SRC Chairman Pedro Ramos said. Knudsen has agreed to a half-year, $150,000 contract that will not pay him benefits, Ramos added.
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November 15, 2011 | By Kristen A. Graham, Inquirer Staff Writer
HARRISBURG - Newly confirmed to the Philadelphia School Reform Commission, Chairman Pedro Ramos said he would focus on reestablishing the "robust oversight role" state law intended the panel to have. A key part of that oversight is stabilizing the Philadelphia School District's shaky finances, Ramos said in an interview. The state Senate confirmed Gov. Corbett's nomination of Ramos on Monday. "From the outside, it looks like the strategy is to defer, to pray that the economy improves, and to borrow," he said of the district's finances.
NEWS
October 3, 2011
Pedro Ramos, a lawyer and partner in the firm Trujillo Rodriguez & Richards L.L.C. in Philadelphia, is a former city solicitor and managing director. He served on the Philadelphia School District's Board of Education from 1995 to 2001, including two years as president. In June, Gov. Corbett nominated Ramos to the School Reform Commission. Still awaiting state Senate confirmation, Ramos, 46, spoke to staff writer Melissa Dribben about his prospective role as a member of the commission, which has had quite a stormy year.
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