Category: Updates from Our Team

Inquirer: 5 new charter schools to get $10.5M in grants

By Martha Woodall, Inquirer Staff Writer The Philadelphia School Partnership announced Wednesday that it was awarding nearly $10.5 million to help charter school operators open five schools in the fall and expand them later. The School Reform Commission approved the schools earlier this year. The operators that received the grants currently have other high-achieving schools …

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Thousands joined us for this year’s High School Fair

This past weekend, more than 12,500 Philadelphia students and families attended PSP’s “GreatPhillySchools High School Fair.” The event was a chance for students to find, compare and apply to high schools across the city using GreatPhillySchools. Watch this short clip from ABC6 for highlights. Families took advantage of the new GreatPhillySchools mobile website and High School Guide books to help …

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Our latest grant to a Catholic elementary school

Today we announced a new $1.4 million investment to support the transformation of St. Thomas Aquinas, a Catholic elementary school serving a diverse student body made up mostly of students from immigrant families in South Philadelphia. You can read about this timely news in today’s Inquirer, as Philadelphia readies for the Pope’s visit this weekend. The grant …

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Position paper calls for closure of low-performing charters

This morning our sister advocacy organization, Philadelphia School Advocacy Partners (PSAP), released a policy brief calling for stronger charter school governance in Philadelphia. The paper makes several recommendations including the closure or transformation of low-performing charters coupled with the expansion of high-performing schools. You can read about it in today’s Inquirer.Specifically, the paper endorses PA Senate …

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Today’s News: Our latest grant to a high-quality school

We celebrated the first day of school today at Mastery Frederick Douglass by announcing a $1.5 million grant to support the school’s continued transformation. You can read about the announcement in today’s Inquirer. Our grant to Douglass is an investment in two of the pillars critical to making Philadelphia a city of great schools: high standards and …

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Our statement on new Funding Commission report

Last week, a bipartisan commission recommended a much-needed new formula for funding Pennsylvania public schools. We commend the commission and support its proposal, which weights school funding according to the needs of students in each district, including implementation of the formula for the upcoming school year. Students and families have waited long enough for a fair funding formula. …

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Mark Gleason’s testimony before City Council in support of property tax increase for schools

Mark Gleason, Resident, Taxpayer, Public-School Parent, and Executive Director of the Philadelphia School Partnership Good afternoon. My name is Mark Gleason. I am here today as a city taxpayer, a public-school parent and as executive director of the Philadelphia School Partnership, a nonprofit focused on increasing access to educational opportunity. I am here to urge …

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