Next up on charters: Appeals. Inquirer
DN Editorial: Fix the charter situation. Daily News
Focus on fair school funding. Tribune
Meet The Problem-Solver. Citizen
We went down the rabbit hole on this one.
And in the end, the Philadelphia School District revised its own math.
After the Philadelphia School Reform Commission voted Wednesday night to approve five new charter schools, SRC Chair Bill Green said the decision would have a "very minimal" impact on the School District's budget.
SRC feels heat for adding five charters. Inquirer
SRC blasted from both sides on charter vote. Daily News
DN Editorial: Abate and Switch. Daily News
Police arrested four school activists Wednesday night for disrupting a contentious meeting at School District headquarters. The School Reform Commission had convened to decide the fate of 39 new charter school applications. Five were approved.
Chanting against charter expansion, the protesters, all members of the Philadelphia Coalition Advocating for Public Schools, said that approving any new charter schools would spell financial disaster for the cash-strapped School District.
Come May, I hope the primary elections for mayor and City Council will be the event that catalyzes the city to act in support of public education in Philadelphia.
Last November, I wrote about what public education issues mayoral candidates should address. Much has happened in the last few months, most notably the ascension of a new governor committed to increased funding for public schools and the emergence of the likely candidates for mayor.
Down, but not out.
That's the sentiment that the teams behind two proposed charter schools in Germantown are embracing after watching the School Reform Commission deny their applications Wednesday night.
The School Reform Commission voted Wednesday night to approve five charters, with conditions: Independence Charter West, KIPP DuBois, MaST-Roosevelt, Mastery Gillespie and TECH Freire. Thirty-four other applicants were denied. Here's how the commissioners voted.
SRC Scorecard: Here's how the commissioners voted. Notebook/NewsWorks
SRC approves five new charter schools. Inquirer
The Brief: No Peace for the SRC. Philly Mag
SRC approves five charter schools. Philly Voice
School police remove woman with sign: Abolish the SRC. Philadelphia Student Union
After hundreds of hours of hearings on an "unprecedented" 39 applications, the School Reform Commission voted to conditionally grant five new school charters in Philadelphia last night. It denied the 34 remaining applicants.
Protesters upset that any new charters were approved disrupted the meeting. Police arrested four people who ignored pleas to disperse so the votes could continue.
At a contentious meeting marked by angry outbursts and high drama, the School Reform Commission approved five new charter schools Wednesday night, rejecting 34 of 39 applications.
The five members were caught between a rock and a hard place -- between a Democratic governor who wants no new charters and a Republican legislature that does, and facing a sharply divided community. Charter advocates and charter opponents both claimed to have the best interest of students and families at heart.
The Philadelphia Planning Commission has given Temple University permission to tear down the vacant William Penn High building on North Broad Street.
In its place, Temple plans another structure, but exactly what it will be the school isn't ready to say.
Candidates say no to new charter schools. Daily News
A promising type of charter. Inquirer
New Charters Should Be Unacceptable to All. Philly Mag