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SRC moves to outsource 3 management jobs in transportation

By Katie McCabe on Jul 10, 2012 12:26 PM

By Katie McCabe

The School Reform Commission voted Monday to outsource the three top management positions in its transportation department, but recessed until Wednesday to allow more time for talks with the labor union representing bus drivers, mechanics, and other blue-collar workers whose jobs could be facing a similar fate.

Creighton supporters stave off charter conversion - for now

By Benjamin Herold on Apr 19, 2012 11:18 PM

by Benjamin Herold
for the Notebook and WHYY/NewsWorks

Responding to passionate support from parents, community members, and teachers for an “outside-the-box” plan to keep Thomas Creighton Elementary under District control, the School Reform Commission decided Thursday evening to delay a planned vote to convert Creighton into a Renaissance charter.

“I agree with my colleagues that we should table this motion at this point,” said Commissioner Wendell Pritchett.

“We have a lot of schools to turn around, and we need to take advantage of every opportunity to engage with our teachers to do that.”

 Listen to Benjamin Herold's radio report for WHYY from Thursday night's meeting.


As Renaissance match process gets underway, intrigue begins

By Benjamin Herold on Mar 7, 2012 06:18 PM

by Benjamin Herold
for the Notebook and WHYY/NewsWorks

In a new twist on the District’s process for converting low-performing schools to charters, six pre-approved turnaround teams have publicly declared at the outset of the Renaissance match process which schools they will – and will not – be competing to manage.

Two developments stand out:

  • Mastery Charter, the city’s largest charter operator, will put all of its considerable resources into competing for just one school, Cleveland Elementary.

Year III Renaissance provider finalists

By Anonymous on Feb 29, 2012 05:05 PM

The District just released the names of finalists to become Renaissance Schools charter providers. New to the list are two providers that currently operate successful charter schools in Philadelphia. Finalists include:

Renaissance charter operators respond about facilities costs

By Guest blogger on Feb 28, 2012 02:11 PM

This guest blog post comes from three Renaissance charter operators in response to a recent Notebook story reporting that the District is incurring significant facilities-related expenses at its Renaissance charter schools.

The article claiming that the District is “eating millions in facilities costs” at Renaissance Charters is misleading.

The facts are:

Renaissance Schools timeline and RFP

By Anonymous on Jan 5, 2012 12:53 PM

Yesterday the District announced the beginning of Renaissance Schools Year III and the call for proposals from potential charter operators. The 89-page Request for Proposals document describes the steps to apply to operate a Renaissance School.

It also gives a timeline for the process this year. Targeted schools and the providers who will compete to operate them will both be announced on February 20. The process for matching schools and providers will start the next day and run until March 22.  The School Reform Commission is currently scheduled to vote on the pairings on March 29.

Renaissance Schools to expand

By Benjamin Herold on Jan 4, 2012 03:54 PM

by Benjamin Herold
for the Notebook and WHYY/Newsworks

UPDATED 9:30 p.m.

There will be a year three of the Renaissance Schools initiative after all.

Despite significant uncertainty caused by ongoing budget cuts and leadership changes, the District announced today that it will expand its program for converting low-performing schools to charters. Prospective "turnaround teams" are invited to submit proposals by February 7, three months later than last year.

"Even in this difficult budget environment, the District is not sitting still on our goal of improving outcomes for students," said District Deputy for Strategic Programs Thomas Darden. "The decision to move forward with another round of Renaissance Charter Schools is an important part of our overall strategy."

In Philadelphia, 22 schools targeted for overhaul

By Anonymous on Oct 5, 2011 05:14 PM



Grades Served


Ackerman details pressures to change her mind about King HS

By the Notebook on Sep 16, 2011 05:33 PM

by Bill Hangley, Jr. for
Notebook and WHYY/NewsWorks

Arlene Ackerman, Philadelphia's recently departed superintendent of schools, claims she was threatened last spring with disclosure of embarrassing information about her personal finances if she did not help a politically connected bidder, Foundations Inc., land the charter contract for Martin Luther King Jr. High School.

“I was told by someone that if I didn’t get my mind right about this Foundations situation, that something would be leaked about my finances,” Ackerman said in an interview this week.

Ackerman said that conversation took place just days before Fox29 News reported that she owed $20,000 in back taxes. The Fox report aired on April 12, during the heat of a behind-the-scenes battle for King’s charter, a five-year contract worth an estimated $12 million a year.

District pushing forward with Promise Academies despite limited money, data

By Benjamin Herold on May 20, 2011 02:00 PM

The School District is pushing forward with plans to add more Promise Academies despite the worst budget climate in recent memory and inconclusive data about the model’s impact on student achievement thus far.

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