Philadelphia school board moves to close 3 charters amid allegations of bias against Black-led schools

The Philadelphia school board Thursday night began a process to pull the charters of three schools it cited for academic, operational, and financial flaws.

The votes came over the protests of charter supporters, including a group of Black charter leaders and elected officials who rallied outside district headquarters before the meeting.

They accused the district of using an unfair evaluation process that had resulted in the closures of a disproportionate number of Black-led charters – both Laboratory and Southwest Leadership Academy have Black leaders – and board members of ignoring the needs of Black communities.

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