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Who will be on the councils?

  • 7-21 members
  • At least 51 percent must be parents of children attending the identified school
  • At least two Student Advisory Council members (for high schools only)
  • Residents, educators, elected officials, and individuals from community and faith-based organizations, business community, local universities, and economic development organizations
  • Educators interested in supporting school transformation

What are their responsibilities?

  • Recommending turnaround teams to the superintendent
  • Regularly discussing the community’s educational needs
  • Hosting community events and outreach activities to gather community input
  • Identifying finalist turnaround teams to meet with the community
  • Monitoring school progress, including an annual report
  • Quarterly meetings with turnaround teams and reporting annually to the superintendent
  • Volunteering up to 10 hours each month during the matching and transition process (March-August 2010)

How to apply:

For an application, contact school or regional Parent Ombudsman, or go to the District's website.

Mail application to:

Office of Charter, Partnership and New Schools
The School District of Philadelphia
440 N. Broad Street, Portal A
Philadelphia, PA 19130

Or e-mail it to

Applications are due by March 5, 2010.

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