school transformation

Superintendent Hite: “Double Win”

Today we announced the Great Schools Fund is investing $3 million to support the transformation of two elementary schools in North Philadelphia. The grants will help William D. Kelley and James G. Blaine elementary schools to dramatically improve academic results and serve hundreds of additional students as a result of the District’s recent school closings. …

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Nonprofit directing $3 million to two schools in North Philly

A local nonprofit group is investing $3 million to help two Philadelphia public schools. The money is designed to help in a turnaround of the educational institutions.

The grants will be for the Kelley and Blaine Elementary schools in North Philadelphia, which are both facing a 50 percent increase in enrollment due to nearby closing schools. Mark Gleason, executive director of the Philadelphia School Partnership, which is supplying the funding, says the investment comes because the two schools have good leadership.

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Today’s front page news

On the front page of this morning’s Inquirer, Superintendent Hite sent a strong message on the need to end teacher seniority and called the current budget crisis “an opportunity to reset our work, purpose, and values, and construct something that looks very different going forward.” Giving more kids access to great schools means a change …

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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.

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