The Philadelphia School Partnership is giving $137,000 each to St. Thomas Aquinas Elementary School, in South Philadelphia, and to St. Helena Incarnation, in Olney.
Philadelphia’s new “portfolio model” of school governance came in for some harsh criticism at the American Educational Research Association’s annual conference being held at the Pennsylvania Convention Center.
Seniority has been a major issue in the ongoing negotiations between the school district and its teachers’ union.
Drexel University is among those considering buying the recently closed University City High School.
A Pew report two years ago noted that 40 percent of Philadelphia parents believed they did not have enough information about the school choice options available to them.
It’s a huge gift aimed at kick-starting improvements in Philadelphia schools.