Philadelphia schools, charters on struggling list

October 8, 2013 2:33:26 PM PDT
Philadelphia schools and privately operated charter schools dominate the Department of Education's list of Pennsylvania's 92 lowest-performing schools that'll get help under its waiver from the federal No Child Left Behind law.

The department's list released Tuesday includes 47 Philadelphia schools, 20 charter schools and five schools apiece in Harrisburg and Pittsburgh. Four are in Chester-Upland, two apiece are in York and Lancaster and there's one each in the Allentown, Duquesne, Easton Area, Greater Johnstown, Norristown Area, Upper Darby and William Penn school districts.

Acting Education Secretary Carolyn Dumaresq says newly hired "academic recovery liaisons" as well as financial assistance will be available.

The schools are determined by a blend of elements that includes test scores and whether they receive federal aid for high concentrations of low-income students.