SRC Begins Hearings For Next Set Of Charters


After a century of serving the community, Germantown High School was closed on June 23rd, 2013 | Photo: Bradley Maule

  • As numerous groups plead with the School Reform Commission for permission to open charter schools beginning next fall, NewsWorks discusses the vision of Germantown Community Charter School Coalition for the reuse of the shuttered Germantown High School as a middle and high school in which 1,050 local Germantown students can amend the traditional curriculum with the application of practical “21st century” life skills.
  • Backers of the planned “Philadelphia Music and Dance Charter School” say that Strong Place Partners of New York–the developers behind the conversion of the old West Philadelphia High School building into lofts–have agreed to lease to them some 90,000-square-feet for the 900-student, K-12 school. According to West Philly Local, would-be school officials argue that, “Having families in this blighted part of western University City will greatly support the resurgence of the community.”
  • The City is struggling to maintain its estimated 130,000 street-lining trees, says CBS Philly. At a City Council committee hearing yesterday, parks and recreation commissioner Michael DiBerardinis admitted that a backlog of 3,000 tree prunings exists–and is growing. More resources would be needed to catch up he says, but we should not worry that Mayor Nutter’s “Greenplan” to increase the urban tree canopy is counterproductive. Recently planted saplings will not require significant attention for a few more years.
  • Flying Kite talks to Philadelphia Chinatown Development Corporation managing director Andrew Toy. His organization is closing in on finalizing the financing for its Eastern Tower at 10th & Vine Streets. Plans include “150 mixed-income residential units, a bilingual preschool and prekindergarten program, a grocery store, a recreation and community center, programming for seniors, a computer lab, and even doctors’ offices.” Grants from the William Penn Foundation and the Pennsylvania Economic Growth Initiative have made the vision for the community center possible, as has their inclusion in the EB-5 qualified investment program.
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Stephen Currall recently received his BA in history from Arcadia University. Before beginning doctoral studies, he is pursuing his interest in local history, specifically just how Philadelphians engage their vibrant past. Besides skimming through 18th century letters, Steve is also interested in music and travel.

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  1. There are probably areas of Philadelphia that could reasonably described as “blighted”, but the neighborhood(s) around West Philly High are emphatically not that.

  2. There is a tree on the 7th street side of the old Northeast Public High School (Thomas Edison). It still stood even after the big fire. I wonder if it will be saved? I remember climbing it when I was a kid.

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