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Stories tagged: Mastery Charter Schools

Mastery chief speaks about Oprah

By Dale Mezzacappa on Sep 21, 2010 05:50 PM

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.

Oprah gives $1 million to Mastery

By the Notebook on Sep 20, 2010 06:54 PM

 The talk show host chooses the Philadelphia charter management organization as one of six educational groups in the nation for the grant.

High expectations for a turnaround at 13 schools

By by Benjamin Herold on Sep 7, 2010 11:32 AM

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.

Wait lists for neighborhood students at 3 Mastery Renaissance charters

By Benjamin Herold on Sep 3, 2010 04:52 PM

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.

'A brand new day'

By Benjamin Herold on Sep 1, 2010 05:54 PM

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.

Mastery Charter summer school dilemma

By Samuel Reed III on Aug 3, 2010 01:41 PM

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.

Overhaul or cosmetic makeover?

By Benjamin Herold on Jul 16, 2010 04:36 PM

With $3 million in privately donated funds at its disposal, Mastery Charter hoped to dramatically upgrade the facilities in each of its three Renaissance Schools before the start of the new school year.

Across the city, Renaissance process moves forward for providers, councils

By Benjamin Herold on Jun 23, 2010 01:50 PM

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.  

At the SRC

By the Notebook on Jun 3, 2010 12:07 PM

At its May meetings, the School Reform Commission:

The ultimate challenge: serving every student

By by Bill Hangley Jr. on May 26, 2010 03:25 PM

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.

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