The Honorable Tom Corbett
Office of the Governor
Main Capitol Building, Room 225
Harrisburg, PA 17120
October 24, 2013
Dear Governor Corbett,
In the wake of Pedro Ramos’ resignation as chair of the School Reform Commission, we are certain you have been giving a great deal of thought as to whom you will appoint to fill that seat. The Philadelphia school district has been starved of resources, and, too often, we’ve been starved of leaders who have the best interests of Philadelphia students and families in mind and heart. This combination of a lack of leadership and a lack of resources has had a disastrous impact on our schools.
We need a leader who knows Philadelphia. We need a leader who stands with teachers, support staff, parents and students. We need a leader who will put our kids above your politics, every time. With that in mind, we have two names we’d like you to consider:
- James M. "Torch" Lytle, a former Philadelphia administrator and Trenton, N.J., schools superintendent, now a professor at the University of Pennsylvania's Graduate School of Education
- The Rev. Dr. Alyn E. Waller, senior pastor of Enon Tabernacle Baptist Church in Philadelphia
If we were allowed to democratically elect school board members, we’d cast our vote for either of these leaders. Both would be outstanding choices.
Since we don’t have a vote, though, we are leaving it to you to give these two leaders the consideration they deserve. Philadelphia students deserve leaders who, as you put it in your Philadelphia Inquirer op-ed, keep the focus on them.
Fight for Philly
Philadelphia Federation of Teachers
Youth United for Change