By Mike DeNardo

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Two more struggling Philadelphia schools may be turned over to charter operators — if parents at those schools agree.

The school district has a new way of converting underperforming schools under its Renaissance program. Parents will decide whether two elementary schools — Munoz Marin and Edward Steel — should become Renaissance Charters or remain district-run.

Deputy Superintendent Paul Kihn says School Advisory Councils will vote, but there will also be an election-style vote May 1st.

“Parents wil have the opportunity to come between 7 am and 7 pm and effectively cast a ballot as to what their preference is for the operation of their school next year.”

The district has chosen ASPIRA to run Munoz-Marin and Mastery to operate the Steel school next year, should parents agree.


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