Philadelphia has taken another step toward the day when every student in every neighborhood attends a great school.
On Friday, the School Reform Commission (SRC) voted to renew five high-performing public charter schools, and authorized the addition of 2,000 seats in three of them. Taken together with last month’s announcement that the District will add nearly 2,300 seats at some of the highest-performing District schools, that’s more than 4,000 new seats in high-performing schools! Add that to the 3,000+ seats going into turnaround mode next September as part of the Renaissance initiative, and that’s over 7,000 new high-performing seats this year for Philadelphia students… 7,000 children who are preparing for college and the work world instead of trapped in a school that’s failing to meet their needs.
Together with policymakers, school operators, and a partnership of donors, our strategy is working. We are outpacing our goal to spur the creation of at least 6,000 high-performing seats this year. With the right combination of policy, accountability and growth capital – powered in large part by the Great Schools Fund – we can replace 35,000 more low-quality seats with better alternatives by 2016. It’s going to take continued will and determination in the face of opposition, and that is the kind of leadership we’re seeing right now from the SRC and others working together as part of the Great Schools Compact.
Huge challenges lie ahead, but with your help they are challenges we look forward to taking on at PSP.