Philly board poised to move against 3 charters amid allegations of bias against Black-led schools

Philly board poised to move against 3 charters amid allegations of bias against Black-led schools

The Philadelphia school board Thursday night began a process to pull the charters of three schools it cited for academic, operational, and financial flaws. Southwest Leadership Academy Charter School and Laboratory Charter School, with campuses in East Falls and North Philadelphia, didn’t meet standards set by the Philadelphia School District’s charter school office during recent evaluations, opening the door to nonrenewal by the board as the first step in a possible closure process. A third school, the formerly district-run Memphis Street Academy at J.P. Jones in Port Richmond, also didn’t meet standards and the board voted Thursday to force it to surrender its charter. The votes came over the protests of charter supporters, including a group of Black charter leaders and elected officials who rallied outside district headquarters before the …
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