Philadelphia School Officials Look to Denver For Public-To-Charter Transition Tips
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By Mike DeNardo
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Mayor Michael Nutter is heading to Denver later this week, on a factfinding trip to improve Philadelphia schools.
Nutter and members of the Philadelphia School Reform Commission are heading to Denver on Thursday for a one-day trip to compare notes on cooperation between district and charter schools.
Mayor Nutter says he wants to look at how Denver’s schools are working together.
“They have a year under their belt,” the mayor notes, “so, I mean, there are some lessons to be learned. And if we’re going to embark on what we’re going to embark on, I think we do ourselves some bit of justice by at least checking out what someone else is doing.”
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Nutter says Philadelphia is working on a plan to eliminate 50,000 seats at low-performing schools over the next five years and replace them with seats in high-performing schools. He says Denver’s model could provide information to help in that transition.