Duane Morris partner Robert L. Archie Jr., who stepped down last week from his role as chairman of the Philadelphia School Reform Commission, has been criticized in a government report for trying to influence the selection of a charter school operator in favor of a former Duane Morris client who was also backed by a state representative friendly with Archie.

Archie recused himself from an SRC vote to adopt a proposal naming Mosaica Turnaround Partners as the operator of Martin Luther King High School because his firm represented the losing bidder, Foundations Inc., which was also heavily supported by Archie’s friend, state Rep. Dwight Evans, D-Phila. But the report alleges Archie participated in a meeting with Evans and a Mosaica representative right after the SRC approved Mosaica’s winning bid, all in an effort to pressure Mosaica to back out of running the school.

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