Veteran educator resigns from Philadelphia school board

Mike DeNardo
March 16, 2020 - 10:30 am
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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — A longtime educator is stepping away from his duties on the Philadelphia school board. 

Christopher McGinley, a former superintendent in Cheltenham and Lower Merion, is resigning. He said he needs time to support relatives who are ill.

“I felt that it would be unfair to the mayor and to my colleagues on the board to not fully engage and fully participate because of the other demands in my life,” he said.

The 61-year-old is a product of Philadelphia schools, who went on to become a teacher, principal and administrator in the district, and a professor at Temple. He served on the School Reform Commission before Mayor Jim Kenney nominated him to the local Board of Education two years ago. 

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McGinley has been a voice against the privatization of school services, including outsourcing educational services.

“I am a person who has stood against the undermining of the teaching profession,” he noted. “Outsourcing functions of the school district that must be part of a healthy school district serve no purpose, other than to enrich vendors who come and go in a school district.”

McGinley comes from a family of educators. His father, Dan McGinley, led the Philadelphia principals union. The mayor will now have to submit another name to City Council for the four-year board term that would begin May 1.