Will Creighton School become a charter?

Students from Creighton School rally prior to a public hearing by the School Reform Commission on March 29. (Charles Fox / Staff Photographer)

Teachers at Creighton Elementary School got e-mails today informing them they were being force transferred at the end of the school year.  Panicked educators wondered: does that mean the school's fate has been sealed?

Creighton, in the Northeast, was one of four Philadelphia School District schools slated to be turned into a charter in September.  But community protests - and the Creighton school advisory council's pick of a teacher-led turnaround over any charter option - caused the School Reform Commission to hold off on making a decision on Creighton.

Spokesman Fernando Gallard said Thursday night that no decision had been made on Creighton, and that the letters appear to have gone out in error.

Creighton was to be taken over by Universal Companies Inc., despite the school advisory council's choice.  Universal officials have lobbied the advisory council in recent days, and earlier this week, district officials held a closed-door meeting with the Creighton community.

The SRC has not said when it will vote on Creighton's fate, but officials have acknowledged that they must decide soon.  The SRC will meet next on May 31.