Friday, August 05, 2005

A reprieve for Philly's schools?

I'd heard some previous rumors that Philadelphia's school chief, Paul Vallas, might have ambitions to higher office. But I guess I hadn't realized where or how soon until today's headline indicates that he's just had his hopes for Illinois Governorship quashed by a residency ruling. Apparently he ran a primary campaign there once before. Similar story in the Daily News here.
In his petition, Vallas argued that he is still an Illinois resident. It describes his move to Philadelphia as a "temporary relocation," and notes that he rented rather than bought a home here; continued to see an Illinois physician and Illinois dentist; and maintained "contacts with individuals, media and professional, as well as personal relationships within the state of Illinois."
Of course, meantime he's repeatedly denied any intention to leave...


Anonymous Tulin said...

This doesn't mean he can't run.

The judge just said that there was no legal need for this to be determined - ie, he wasn't running, so whether or not he is or isn't a resident doesn't matter.

If Vallas goes against his own word and runs, then the courts may hear him out because his residency will be an issue then.

11:49 AM  
Blogger ACM said...

well, that's why the question mark.
yes, there was some question of whether he (or his brother in IL) would get a petition drive going...


11:50 AM  
Anonymous KP said...

The question isn't whether Vallas will stay or go, but whether & how the School Reform Commission is planning for his succession - be it 2 months, 2 years, or 2 decades from now.

See my call for the SRC's CEO succession plan at:

1:13 PM  

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