Philly plans overhaul of worst schools

August 20, 2009 10:25:10 AM PDT
Education officials in Philadelphia are beginning to take a hard look at more than two dozen poorly performing schools to figure out which ones should be redesigned. The "Renaissance Schools" initiative seeks to transform those buildings by replacing entire staffs, turning them into charter schools or giving them new academic focus.

It's an approach that has already been taken in cities including Chicago and Hartford, Conn. President Barack Obama has set a nationwide goal of turning around 5,000 failing schools in the next five years using similar tactics.

Philadelphia district Superintendent Arlene Ackerman says the first cohort of redesigned schools will open a year from now. She says that should give the newly chosen Renaissance Schools Advisory Board enough time to examine data and offer solutions for the failing schools.

Follow Action News on Twitter

Get Action News on your website

Follow Action News on Facebook

Click here to get the latest Philadelphia news and headlines from across the Delaware and Lehigh valleys.


Load Comments