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Fate Of One Philadelphia Elementary School Up In The Air

(L-R, at an August SRC meeting:  schools superintendent Arlene Ackerman, SRC chair Robert Archie, SRC member Johnny Irizarry, and an SRC attorney.   Credit: Mike DeNardo)

(L-R, at an August SRC meeting: schools superintendent Arlene Ackerman, SRC chair Robert Archie, SRC member Johnny Irizarry, and an SRC attorney. Credit: Mike DeNardo)

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By Mike DeNardo

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Students and staff at a Northeast Philadelphia school are waiting to find out who will run their school in the fall.

The School Reform Commission is still deciding what to do with Creighton Elementary. The panel put off a vote last month on a staff recommendation to convert Creighton to a charter school run by Universal Companies. Teachers presented their own plan. At last week’s SRC meeting, teacher Regina Feighan-Drach opposed a charter conversion, offering a Top Ten list as evidence.

“The number one reason why Thomas Creighton should remain a public school? We love our kids,” Feighan-Drach said.

Some parents preferred Universal, but Creighton second-grader Jake Lee doesn’t.

“Well, you see. We like our school the way it is. If you change it, we won’t have all these great things. And that would make me sad. Please don’t change it!” Lee said.

The SRC is expected to decide Creighton’s fate before its June meeting.

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