Oprah Winfrey has more clout than President Obama.
At least, that's the way it seems to Scott Gordon, CEO of Mastery Charter Schools, which was one of six recipients of Oprah's largesse this week. The talk show maven gave Mastery $1 million as part of her focus on education, a grant announced on her Monday show.
The talk show host chooses the Philadelphia charter management organization as one of six educational groups in the nation for the grant.
The most-watched changes in the District this fall will take place at the seven Renaissance Schools and six Promise Academies representing the first round of Superintendent Arlene Ackerman’s plan to transform failing schools across the city.
Mastery Charter’s three new Renaissance charter schools seem to have been successful at bringing families back to their neighborhood schools – perhaps too successful.
At Mastery’s Harrity, Mann, and Smedley Elementary Schools, all of which opened on September 1, there are currently waiting lists for neighborhood children.
Seeking to get a jump on their ambitious change agendas, two of the District’s new Renaissance charter operators opened their doors early this week.
By 8:30 in the morning on September 1, all of the fourth and fifth graders at the new Mastery Charter Smedley Elementary School in Frankford were assembled in the sweltering cafeteria for a combination PowerPoint presentation and pep rally.
If you have followed my posts about charter schools you may surmise that I am both a supporter and detractor of charter schools. Now, I have a personal dilemma with Mastery Charter Schools' summer school program and I am asking my readers for some advice.
The “turnaround teams” from ASPIRA, Mastery Charter, Universal Companies, and Young Scholars Charter School are all busy reaching out to parents and trying to formalize their working relationships with the School Advisory Councils (SACs) that recommended them and will monitor their progress.
Jessica Boyle waited patiently to ask her question. For over an hour, representatives from Mastery Charter Schools and Johns Hopkins University had been explaining how they would turn around West Philadelphia High as a Renaissance School. From the front of West’s cavernous auditorium, they shared plans, answered questions, and promised improvements.