August 24, 2015 |
After a period of lackluster fund-raising, the Philadelphia Foundation is aiming to raise assets and refocus its mission under the new leadership of Pedro Ramos, a lawyer, civic leader, and the first Latino to lead the city's community foundation. Still unpacking boxes at offices in 1234 Market St., Ramos, who was appointed in July, has embarked on a "listening tour" among current and prospective donors and similar community foundations, including the highly successful Pittsburgh Foundation.
July 16, 2015 |
Pedro A. Ramos, a lawyer and former chief of the School Reform Commission, has been named the next president and CEO of the Philadelphia Foundation, which awards grants and scholarships to nonprofit organizations. Ramos, 50, is a partner at Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis, and previously chaired the Philadelphia school board in addition to his role at the SRC. He also served in city government as both managing director and city solicitor. The first Latino to hold the position, Ramos will assume the post in August.
January 17, 2014 |
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.
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.
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.
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.
October 1, 2013 |
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....
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.
May 4, 2012 |
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.