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Charter-school operators take their pitches directly to Pastorius Elementary

by thenotebook on Apr 09 2013 Posted in Latest news
Photo: Brad Larrison/NewsWorks

Pastorius parents listen to Rufus Taylor, director of culture and character education at Scholar Academies.

by Aaron Moselle for NewsWorks

In a week, Pastorius Elementary's School Advisory Council will make an important recommendation: which charter school operator it would prefer to turn around the struggling East Germantown school next year.

In advance of that decision, the three organizations selected by the School District of Philadelphia as Renaissance School finalists — Universal Companies, Scholar Academies and Mastery Charter Schools — each made pitches at the East Chelten Avenue school Monday night as they vie to be chosen.

Universal Companies' pitch

Janis Butler, Universal's education director, kicked off the presentations in Pastorius' auditorium.

As she flipped through a series of slides, Butler focused on the individualized attention students would receive with Universal, a community development corporation that operates six charter schools — elementary and high schools — in the city.

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Comments (2)

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Tue, 04/09/2013 - 21:58.

The SRC really doesn't hold the companies responsible for their outcomes. They just hand them money to supposedly run the schools. Philadelphia parents won't know the real outcomes until their children can't compete in the real world and then it is toooooooo late.

We should be improving the public schools instead of handing tax dollars to unproven companies and making more people rich than qualified students.

Submitted by Poogie (not verified) on Wed, 04/10/2013 - 08:17.

This is Kabuki Theater. Mastery has this one in the bag.

Yet the actors appear on the stage.

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