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.
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