Philadelphia's interim school leader takes low-key approach

July 9, 2007
Retired Army colonel takes over after Vallas leaves for New Orleans.

In one of his first acts as the Philadelphia schools' interim chief executive officer, Thomas M. Brady traded in his district-issued Crown Victoria for a less audacious, fuel-efficient Ford hybrid, already in the district's fleet. Brady, leading a deficit-plagued district seeking more city and state funding, says it is a matter of perception. A retired Army colonel with 71/2 years' experience in school administration before coming to Philadelphia, Brady took the helm of the 174,000-student district last week.

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