Chester Community Charter School, which is the largest bricks-and-mortar charter school in Pennsylvania, is targeting Philadelphia students to fuel its growth. Some ride buses for more than two hours to attend a school that has some of lowest charter test scores in the region.
Nearly two years after it first considered the fate of John B. Stetson Charter School in Kensington and Olney Charter High School, the SRC voted to yank Olney and Stetson, two schools run by Aspira Inc. of Pa., the Latino community organization.
The Archdiocese of Philadelphia and the union that represents lay teachers at Catholic high schools are hoping to wrap up negotiations for a new contract ahead of next week's start of school. The 17 Catholic high schools enroll more than 12,000 students.
Martha Woodall has been an Inquirer reporter since 1982. She covers K-12 education with a focus on Philadelphia district, charter, and nonpublic schools, and investigative stories.