Small classes. Academic and emotional support before, during and after school. Focus on post-high school ambitions.
The ASPIRA Excel Academy, now in its second year, aims to serve a swath of students who over the years have frustrated educators: youth who are overage, under-credited and frequently out of place in their home schools.
Like the accelerated programs run by the District, the ASPIRA program seeks to put these students on a fast track to course completion -- and that elusive high school diploma.
Estos son días que se han convertido en semanas de incertidumbre para cientos de maestros en las 44 escuelas que serán cerradas o reubicadas bajo el plan maestro de la Comisión para la Reforma Escolar.
¿Cerrarán su escuela?
¿Van a ser cesanteados?
¿A dónde irán?
El plan del Distrito Escolar de Filadelfia para sobrevivir sus aprietos fiscales es simple: menos tendrá que ser más.
Y aunque la propuesta de cerrar o reubicar 44 escuelas deja muy claro cómo el Distrito va a lograr el “menos” de la ecuación, lo que no ha explicado es cómo va a cumplir la promesa de “más”.
These are days stretching into weeks of uncertainty for hundreds of teachers in the 44 schools slated to be shuttered or relocated under the Facilities Master Plan before the School Reform Commission.
Will their school be closed?
Will they be laid off?
Where will they land?
Philadelphia School District officials say that closing buildings will save them millions of dollars a year.
But a closer look at the numbers shows that the lion’s share of savings will come from eliminating jobs.
Officials have been adamant that their Facilities Master Plan, which would close 37 schools and relocate seven more, is a financial necessity that will ultimately save the District $28 million annually – but less in the first year.
“This is not unique to Philadelphia. This is happening in large, urban centers all over the country. These large, urban centers…can no longer sustain the type of physical inventory that is not in use.” – Superintendent William Hite
Comments from attendees at the Jan. 17 School Reform Commission meeting.
Martin Luther King High opened in 1972 as part of an unusual experiment. To make sure the new school in West Oak Lane enrolled a mix of poor and middle-class students, the Philadelphia School District decided that every student from the city's Northwest would attend King for 9th and 10th grades, then move on to nearby Germantown High for 11th and 12th grades.
It was called the "paired school" model.