Author Lorene Cary named to Philly school board

PHILADELPHIA - October 10, 2011

Lorene Cary was appointed to the School Reform Commission by Mayor Michael Nutter on Monday.

Cary is the author of "The Price of a Child" and a senior lecturer in creative writing at the University of Pennsylvania. In 1998, she founded a community organization called Art Sanctuary, which showcases African-American art.

The School Reform Commission is a city-state panel created in 2001 to manage Pennsylvania's largest district. Cary replaces one of two members who resigned last month amid political turmoil.

The five-member group still has one vacancy, as gubernatorial nominee Pedro Ramos awaits confirmation by the state Senate. Once confirmed, he will become commission chairman.

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