Open Letter to the School Reform Commission
We call on the School Reform Commission to reject the plan to convert three more schools to charters. The now five year old Renaissance Charter program has not delivered the promised educational gains, contributes to the District’s financial woes, and denies stakeholders a role in deciding how our schools can be improved. Instead we call on the SRC to commit to a transparent and democratic process to make these three schools transformative community schools. Community schools have a proven track record of success in a growing number of cities around the country, like Cincinnati where graduation rates have increased dramatically and racial achievement gap has shrunk.
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American Federation of Teachers, Pennsylvania
Jewish Labor Committee
Jobs with Justice
Media Mobilizing Project
Parent Power Movement (Newark, N.J.)
Pennsylvania Working Families
Philadelphia AFL-CIO Council
Philadelphia Federation of Teachers
Philadelphia Student Union
Taxi Workers Alliance of Pennsylvania
UNITE HERE Locals 274 and 634
Youth United for Change
215 Peoples Alliance
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