5-year plan proposed for Philly schools

February 18, 2009 6:32:01 AM PST
Philadelphia's schools chief is proposing a five-year plan to overhaul the city's public schools and how they are run. Superintendent Arlene Ackerman will present the final draft of what she calls her "strategic plan" for the 167,000-pupil district to the School Reform Commission on Wednesday afternoon.

Ackerman says part of the plan will focus on reconstructing persistently failing schools.

The turnaround strategy borrows from a Chicago plan that would close failing schools and reopen them under one of four management models: charter, contract, innovation or performance schools.

Ackerman's plan has been culled from a stack of recommendations presented by nine work groups comprising district employees and community members who have worked on the issue since December.

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