Philadelphia recommends closing charter schools as of July

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

The charter school office of the Philadelphia School District is recommending that Walter D. Palmer Leadership Learning Partners Charter School be shut down after the end of this school year.

A six-page District memo cites problems including declining test scores, a $3 million general fund deficit, and failure of its associated foundation to maintain its nonprofit status.

A 1,300-student K-12 school with two campuses, Palmer is one of the oldest and largest charters in the city. It has been in an ongoing battle with the District over the school's practice of enrolling students over its approved enrollment cap of 675.

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