Jan. 24- The District announces the second cohort of Renaissance Schools. King High School is designated a Renaissance Match Charter. The charter for King stands to be worth approximately $60 million over five years.
Feb. 3- Community members learn more about the Renaissance Schools process at a public meeting.
The School District announced Wednesday night that the School Advisory Council of Martin Luther King High School, originally slated to become a Renaissance Charter school, will become a District-run Promise Academy come September.
ASPIRA, Inc. plans to reunite Olney East and Olney West High Schools.
The School Advisory Councils (SACs) at both Olney East and Olney West High Schools have voted to approve the plans, which still need SRC approval, said ASPIRA Executive Director Alfredo Calderon.
But "in the new year, they will be one high school," said a hopeful Calderon on Tuesday.
School Reform Commission Chairman Robert Archie has had difficulty staying firmly on the sidelines during recent decisions to award controversial multimillion-dollar charter contracts to organizations with which he has acknowledged ties.
Archie caused murmurs in the audience at last week’s public SRC meeting when he openly championed Universal Companies just minutes before a critical vote to award the organization two charters potentially worth $45 million over five years. Archie’s deep ties to Universal led him to abstain from voting, but did not stop him from extensively touting the organization’s accomplishments.
After a lengthy, sometimes testy public discussion, the School Reform Commission approved an amended plan Wednesday to grant charters to Universal Companies to run Audenried High School and Vare Middle as "Promise Neighborhood Partnership Charter Schools."
The School Reform Commission plans to vote Wednesday on a South Philadelphia charter school deal that stands to benefit not one, but two nonprofits with ties to Chairman Robert Archie.
The scheduled vote comes amid controversy over Archie's behind-the-scenes conduct in a similar deal involving Martin Luther King Jr. High School in Germantown. There, Archie took part in pivotal private meetings about the future of the school despite having recused himself from public votes because of his law firm's prior representation of Foundations, Inc., one of the operators vying to manage the school.
Recent revelations about the role of School Reform Commission Chairman Robert Archie in the awarding of a school contract that could be worth up to $60 million demand a full investigation from state agencies and a response from Mayor Nutter.
Members of a key parent committee at Martin Luther King High say they are pleased to see Foundations Inc. withdraw from contention for the school’s charter.
But they still want to know the whole story about the role played by School Reform Commission Chair Robert L. Archie in the unfolding drama.
King’s School Advisory Council (SAC) has called for a full investigation into Archie's role, citing three recent encounters that have left the group questioning the SRC chair's impartiality when it comes to Foundations.
Citing the influence of a “small and vocal minority," Foundations Inc. today took itself out of consideration for the charter to operate Martin Luther King High in Germantown, ending the organization’s eight-year relationship with the school.
The decision will delay King’s planned charter conversion for at least a year.