In Philadelphia, too often the voices of adults drown out what really matters to students.But in today’s Daily News, two recent graduates of Simon Gratz High School tell us how the district’s “Renaissance” turnaround program put them on the path to college and a successful future. The students describe how the school – once notorious for its …
Special Report: Anatomy of a Turnaround
Charter-run Renaissance schools are one of Philly’s few education success stories. A deep dive inside one attempt to transform a failing school begs the question: Should this be the future of reform? by Roxanne Patel Shepelavy The School Reform Commission will vote Wednesday on whether to approve any of the 39 new charter school proposals—a …
Hear from our Board member Janine Yass
We wanted to be sure you saw this opinion piece in this morning’s Inquirer by PSP Board Member, Janine Yass. Janine makes the case for why investing in what’s working – including the District’s Renaissance school turnaround program – is making a real difference for Philadelphia families and calls on our city’s leaders to embrace …
Philadelphia School Partnership Awards $2.4M in Grants to Renaissance Schools
Philadelphia's Turnaround School Efforts Score Well
Philadelphia's nationally watched school turnaround effort gets high marks from a research study to be released Wednesday. Growth in student achievement and attendance both at district-run overhauled K-8 schools and at those turned over to charters outpaced gains at comparable city schools, the Philadelphia nonprofit Research for Action found.
Philadelphia Inquirer: Three charter-school firms in Philadelphia to share $2.4 million grant
The Philadelphia School Partnership is celebrating its first anniversary by announcing $2.4 million in grants to three local charter-school operators that have taken over failing city schools.
The three organizations - Mastery Charter Schools, Aspira Inc. of Pennsylvania, and Universal Cos. Inc. - were awarded grants based on academic gains their initial turnaround schools made during the 2010-11 academic year.