Philadelphia School Partnership
The School Reform Commission tonight is deciding whether to approve any or all of the 39 applications for new charter schools in the city of Philadelphia.
The Speaker of the House of Pennsylvania, Mike Turzai(R-Allegheny) talked with WPHT midday host Dom Giordano about the proposed $35 million donation by Philadelphia School Partnership (PSP) to assist in increasing the number of charter schools in Philadelphia.
An influential group is offering some big cash, to make it easier for the Philadelphia School District to approve applications for new charter schools.
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.
The Philadelphia School Partnership is giving $2.1 million to First Philadelphia Preparatory Charter School and $855,000 to Mastery Charter Schools.
In preparation, the district is encouraging eighth-graders and their parents to take a look.
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.
The foundation started by the family that founded Wal-Mart is making a multi-million dollar grant to Philadelphia schools.
The report by the National Council on Teacher Quality comes at a time when the district is negotiating a new contract with the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers.
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.
The Philadelphia School Partnership has commitments of $52 million toward its goal of $100 million to help expand opportunities at schools it says are doing it right — whether they are public, private or charter.
It’s a huge gift aimed at kick-starting improvements in Philadelphia schools.
Mayor 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.