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Four More Philadelphia Schools In Line To Become Charters

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By Mike DeNardo

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — The Philadelphia School District has picked four more poorly-performing schools to be converted to charters.

This would bring to 17 the number of Renaissance charters in the third year of the program aimed at turning around failing schools.

Cleveland Elementary, Creighton Elementary, Edmunds Elementary and Jones Middle School are all in line to be run by one of six outside organizations.

According to Thomas Darden, the district’s deputy chief for strategic programs, parent advisory councils will be formed at each school to recommend which turnaround provider best fits their schools.

“They read proposals, go visit schools currently run by these turnaround teams, host community meetings at community forums,” said Darden.

And then they recommend to the superintendent which provider they prefer in time for the School Reform Commission to vote in mid-April.

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