Phila. school group plans $4.7M in grants

By Martha Woodall, Inquirer Staff Writer

The Philadelphia School Partnership will announce Thursday grants totaling $4.7 million to help high-performing charter schools expand and a nonprofit develop a new high school with the School District.

“What is exciting about this [funding] round is that it shows the many different ways that the fund is available to invest in expanding access to great schools,” Mark Gleason, the partnership’s executive director, said Wednesday.

A $3.5 million multiyear grant is going to Mastery Charter Schools to serve more students at the dozen schools it operates in the city. Part of the money will be used for Mastery’s new elementary school in South Philadelphia, which is tied to the 7-12 grade school Mastery operates for the district at the former Thomas School.