Pedro Ramos has a long history with the School District of Philadelphia. Not only did the attorney attend the city’s public schools, he sent his own children there and spent six years on the Board of Education.After more than a decade away from the district, Ramos could come back. Pa. Gov. Tom Corbett has nominated Ramos to Philadelphia’s School Reform Commission to finish the term of David Girard-DiCarlo, who resigned earlier this year.“When I heard from the governor’s office about whether I’d have an interest in coming back, frankly, I thought really hard about it, Ramos told NewsWorks when asked about his potential return.
“I try to stay up to date and involved. I know the enormous potential of every child, as well as the aspirations and anxieties of every taxpayer. We are at a critical juncture to work collaboratively and together. Everyone needs to focus on the hard work that needs to get done while ignoring the institutionalized egos that distract us.”Ramos said he expects to hear “soon” about the timeline for his nomination confirmation from the Senate, and had this to say when we asked him about the SRC’s recent performance:
“I know from experiences I’ve had you always have one perception when you’re an observer and then once you get closer and once you get inside, you appreciate that you still didn’t know as much as you had thought. The SRC and city face many challenges. I think there’s a lot of energy and interest to work together. It has to be an effort that the public and taxpayers can believe in.