In some cities, parents have more clout.
Some say it's time to abolish the controversial School Reform Commission and switch to local control.
ESOL teachers can provide support in the classroom or outside it. Some schools take a bilingual approach.
Among the ways they do this is through community-building and studying various cultures.
Ninth graders will get extra attention. Principals may adopt special themes and focus more on careers and college.
Pennsylvania has not updated its original 1997 law that allowed the schools' creation.
With new leadership and fresh focus, the District’s Opportunity Network helps students find a way to graduate.
Students at schools with full-service kitchens notice and appreciate the fresh-cooked meals.
At hands-on sites such as the Workshop School, officials say the key is to make students accountable. Children help assess what went well or badly.