By Mike DeNardo
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Thousands of parents learned Tuesday whether their child was awarded a spot in one of the city’s most in-demand charter schools.READ MORE: Chief Apostle Of Holy Ghost Headquarters Mark Hatcher Charged With Sexual Abuse, Rape
The K-12 Math, Science & Technology charter in far Northeast Philadelphia got 7,165 applications for 96 available seats. There were so many applicants that parents were discouraged from attending the admissions lottery at the school, according to MaST CEO John Swoyer. Instead, he says, they found out online after the entries were run through random.org.READ MORE: 5 People Shot Near Temple University, Philadelphia Police Say
“We used to literally do a jar with names. And it’s a lot of pieces of paper, and it takes forever to do,” Swoyer said. “So this process is pretty quick. And it also authenticates the integrity of the lottery, so people can see that we’re using a randomizer.”MORE NEWS: EXCLUSIVE: Teenage Pilot Who Landed Plane On Bridge In Ocean City Shares How He Survived New Mexico Plane Crash
MaST was one of five charter operators that the Philadelphia School Reform Commission, last week, gave the conditional okay to open new schools.