Gov. Wolf replaces chairman of Philly's School Reform Commission after charter school vote


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PHILADELPHIA — Gov. Tom Wolf has removed the chairman of Philadelphia's School Reform Commission a week after the panel drew his ire for approving five new charter schools.

Wolf said Sunday he's replacing Bill Green with commissioner Marjorie Neff, a former principal. He says she shares his vision for the 200,000-student school district.

The state-appointed commission operates in place of a school board.

Green says he'll challenge the decision in court. He says commission bylaws only allow the removal of members when they've committed wrongdoing.

Green says he's unsure if Wolf was punishing him for the charter approvals. Wolf and a teachers' union had said new charters would be a financial burden for the city's schools.

Wolf says the district, which projects an $80 million budget deficit, can't responsibly handle new charter schools.

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