YouthBuild Philadelphia, Harambee Institute, Mastery-Shoemaker, and West Philadelphia Achievement Charter Schools are celebrating five-year charter renewals received in February.
But Community Academy of Philadelphia Charter could not muster three votes for renewal on the SRC. Commissioner Joseph Dworetzky, who said he was "troubled by the renewal of a charter that has such a low level of academic performance," voted no. SRC Chair Robert Archie abstained because his law firm has worked for the school. Now, the charter faces the threat of non-renewal.
"The SRC has until the current charter's expiration at the end of this school year to vote on the charter's request for renewal," a District statement said.
Community Academy CEO Joseph Proietta issued a statement assuring families that the school would be open next year.
Only four of 20 charters that requested enrollment or grade expansions were approved in February: Alliance for Progress, Eugenio Maria de Hostos, KIPP Philadelphia, and New Foundations.
This decision comes after increasing pressure on the District to approve expansion plans in the face of long waiting lists.
In March, Education Secretary nominee Ronald Tomalis ruled that the District illegally capped enrollment at the Walter D. Palmer Leadership Learning Partners Charter School and owed it $1.3 million for students enrolled in 2009 and 2010. The District said it would appeal in Commonwealth Court.
Similar suits were also filed by Russell Byers, Richard Allen, Wakisha, Delaware Valley, and Folk Arts Cultural Treasures (FACTS).
Harambee Institute is one of many charters waiting for word on its enrollment expansion request, which has been deferred to an April 27 SRC meeting.
"I don't think that the opportunity for education should be the luck of the draw, but I am anxious to find out about our enrollment," said CEO Masai Skief.