School Reform Commission to Decide Fate of Philadelphia Charters

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

The School Reform Commission is expected to decide at its Thursday meeting whether to accept staff recommendations not to renew agreements with three Philadelphia charter schools.

But SRC Chairman Pedro A. Ramos said at a policy meeting Monday such a vote was only the first step in a process. The next step would be a hearing for each of the schools to state its case.

Twenty-five schools in the city have charter agreements up for renewal this year.

School District of Philadelphia officials have reviewed the schools and support renewing 17 and not recommending three: Arise Academy, Hope Charter School, and Truebright Science Academy. Decisions on the remaining five charter schools are pending.

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