SRC to vote February 22 on Seven New Charter Applications
PHILADELPHIA — The School Reform Commission (SRC) will hold a special meeting to consider seven new charter applications on February 22nd at 4 p.m. The meeting will take place at the School District of Philadelphia building, in the auditorium.
The SRC will allow time for the public to speak before the vote. Individuals hoping to speak should call the Office of the School Reform Commission at 215-400-4010 by 4 p.m. on February 21st. The public comment will be limited to 21 speakers, and slots will be filled on a first come, first served basis.
This special meeting is the final step in the SRC’s new charter application process, which included a comprehensive, rigorous review of the seven active new charter applications. All applications for the 2017-2018 cycle were filed with the SRC in November 2017. Each of the seven active applications received two public hearings as well as a detailed evaluation report. The new charter application narratives submitted can be viewed on the School District’s website. The Charter Schools Office’s new charter application evaluation reports will be posted on its website approximately one week before the SRC’s February 22nd public meeting.
The Pennsylvania Charter School Law requires a public hearing on each application within 45 days after the charter authorizer receives the application, and a vote on each application no later than 75 days after the first public hearing, unless otherwise agreed to by the parties.