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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.  

SRC does not respond to West council pleas

By Benjamin Herold on Jun 10, 2010 12:57 AM

Frustrated and bitter, several members of the West Philadelphia High School School Advisory Council (SAC) personally demanded that the School Reform Commission (SRC) vote Wednesday to match West with Johns Hopkins/Diplomas Now as a Renaissance School for next year.

The SRC, however, did not respond to those demands during its public meeting.

'I don't remember' source of West complaint, says Archie

By Benjamin Herold on Jun 5, 2010 08:00 PM

School Reform Commission chairman Robert Archie said Friday that he “doesn’t remember” who alerted him about a potential conflict of interest on the advisory council that voted on matching West Philadelphia High School with a turnaround provider – though he thought the complaint serious enough to delay the SRC's approval and launch an investigation.

West teachers must decide Friday; SAC chair calls probe a 'travesty'

By Benjamin Herold on Jun 4, 2010 01:14 AM

Following the surprise announcement that West Philadelphia High School would not become a Renaissance School next year after all, School District officials told West’s 62 teachers Thursday that they had 24 hours to decide whether to stay or go.

At the SRC

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

At its May meetings, the School Reform Commission:

What about Alyiah?

By by Benjamin Herold on Jun 3, 2010 11:43 AM

Nine-year-old Alyiah Pegues started her school career three years ago at Daroff Elementary in West Philadelphia.

Alyiah, who has Down syndrome, didn’t say a single word during her entire first year.

West Philly won't be Ren. School next year

By Benjamin Herold on Jun 2, 2010 05:52 PM

West Philadelphia High School won't be joining the Renaissance after all - at least not for another year.

Blackwell: Glad for West Philly delay

By Benjamin Herold on May 31, 2010 12:05 PM

It can seem that all roads in West Philadelphia eventually run through City Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell.

Behind the West Philly delay

By Benjamin Herold on May 26, 2010 09:30 PM

The School Reform Commission delayed a vote Wednesday that would have matched West Philadelphia High School with Johns Hopkins/Diplomas Now for turnaround as a Renaissance School.

SRC chairman Robert Archie said that new information came to light that needed to be considered before the final vote. He did not elaborate.

But later, it became clear that someone had complained to the SRC that one or more of the parent members of West's School Advisory Council, which recommended Hopkins, was paid as part of a parent outreach program run by the Philadelphia Education Fund. PEF has had a longstanding relationship with Hopkins. Beginning in 1999, PEF helped bring the Talent Development program to several high schools in the city, including Strawberry Mansion and Edison. Talent Development also runs a ninth grade academy at West. PEF would be one of Hopkins' local community partners in the West turnaround.

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