Kenney names 13 to help pick Philly's new school board

Mayor Kenney on Tuesday named the 13 city residents who will shape Philadelphia’s new school board, laying out a ambitious timeline for forming a district governing body that will control a $3 billion budget and the education of about 200,000 students.

The board nominating panel includes parents, educators, activists, and one former School Reform Commission member. It must consider applicants and nominees for the board, presenting to Kenney a list of 27 nominees for nine seats by Feb. 28.

The group will hold its first meeting Friday.

“I am confident that we’ll hear from a wide range of candidates representing all constituencies in our incredibly diverse city,” Kenney said in a statement. “The end result will be a board of education that brings a new vision for improving the educational opportunities of Philadelphia students and families.”

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Rashiid Coleman