In a first, Philly school board votes to take back control of two charters

October 21, 2019 | The Philadelphia Inquirer

The Philadelphia Board of Education voted Thursday against renewing charters for two schools run by a powerful Latino nonprofit, a decision years in the making.

But a number of board members said it wasn’t an easy one. Olney Charter High School and John B. Stetson Charter School, a middle school in Kensington, used to be district schools. They were handed over to Aspira in 2010 and 2011—along with tens of millions of taxpayer dollars—as part of a district initiative to turn around underperforming schools.

The schools are still doing poorly academically. They haven’t followed through on the promises in their charter agreements and have engaged in improper fiscal practices, according to a hearing officer appointed by the board to evaluate the district’s recommendation, now three years old, that the charters not be renewed.

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