Yesterday we announced $6 million in grants to help expand three high-performing and innovative public schools. You can read about on the front page of today’s Inquirer.
We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again: it’s not about school type, it’s about school quality.
Hill-Freedman, Science Leadership Academy, and the Workshop School have great leaders and send the overwhelming majority of their students to college. Now, more students citywide will have the same opportunity. As Superintendent Dr. Hite said, “We are 100 percent committed to giving every child in Philadelphia access to a high-performing school… this expansion of schools with measurable track records of success will get us 1,600 students closer to that day.”
They join more than a dozen high-quality schools in our Great Schools Fund portfolio. Since 2010, we have invested $19.2 million to support the creation of more than 10,000 seats in great schools. Across these schools we see a common thread whether District, charter, or nonpublic: Visionary leaders who believe that all students — regardless of background — can achieve at high levels and who have the flexibility to build outstanding teams of teachers.