Wednesday, October 1, 2014
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SRC: Cheating, charters on the agenda

Big things are afoot at tonight's School Reform Commission meeting tonight. The SRC will hear a presentation on testing integrity - presumably, news of the disrict's years-long investigation on cheating on state exams. Later, it will consider firing three principals in connection with alleged testing improprieties. And, it will also consider renewing three charters. Up for renewal are Laboratory Charter and Planet Abacus, both founded by June Brown, and Philadelphia Electrical and Technical, which was not. After a lengthy trial, a jury in federal court acquitted Brown on six counts and deadlocked on 51 others. She will be re-tried. Philadelphia Electrical and Technical had been investigated in the cheating probe. Another school, Arise Academy, could have its charter revoked. Arise was established to educate foster children, but has failed to meet academic and administrative goals, officials said. I will be livetweeting, as always. Follow along BELOW. UPDATE: 8:00 p.m. For the last two and a half hours, a number of speakers have told of their experiences with the charter schools up for renewal — with most expressing concern for students' futures at the four charter schools in limbo if those schools either don't have their licenses renewed or have their licenses revoked. No vote has been taken yet.

SRC: Cheating, charters on the agenda

Superintendent William Hite, right, and SRC member Sylvia Simms listen to a parent at a recent hearing. (Ed Hille / Staff Photographer)
Superintendent William Hite, right, and SRC member Sylvia Simms listen to a parent at a recent hearing. (Ed Hille / Staff Photographer)

Big things are afoot at tonight's School Reform Commission meeting tonight.
The SRC will hear a presentation on testing integrity - presumably, news of the disrict's years-long investigation on cheating on state exams. Later, it will consider firing three principals in connection with alleged testing improprieties.
And, it will also consider renewing three charters.
Up for renewal are Laboratory Charter and Planet Abacus, both founded by June Brown, and Philadelphia Electrical and Technical, which was not.
After a lengthy trial, a jury in federal court acquitted Brown on six counts and deadlocked on 51 others. She will be re-tried.
Philadelphia Electrical and Technical had been investigated in the cheating probe. 
Another school, Arise Academy, could have its charter revoked. Arise was established to educate foster children, but has failed to meet academic and administrative goals, officials said.
I will be livetweeting, as always. Follow along BELOW.
UPDATE: 8:00 p.m.
For the last two and a half hours, a number of speakers have told of their experiences with the charter schools up for renewal — with most expressing concern for students' futures at the four charter schools in limbo if those schools either don't have their licenses renewed or have their licenses revoked. No vote has been taken yet.

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