The Board of Education will hold public hearings pursuant to the Charter School Law on applications for new charter schools in Philadelphia.  The hearings will be held on January 22, 2020 at the Education Center, 440 N. Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA in the Board Offices, Suite 101. The schedule for the hearings is as follows:

9:30 a.m. — Joan Myers Brown Academy: A String Theory Charter School

2:00 p.m. — High School of Health Sciences Leadership Charter School

Public testimony will not be accepted during the hearings on January 22, 2020.

To submit testimony on the new charter applications, you must be a Philadelphia resident and must submit your testimony in writing before January 24, 2020 at 5:00pm EST. Testimony may be submitted in writing or via email to If submitted by mail, written testimony must be postmarked by January 24, 2020 and addressed to:

Board of Education
The School District of Philadelphia
440 North Broad Street, Suite 101
Philadelphia, PA  19130.

Written testimony should include the full name and address of the sender, and should indicate the specific new charter application(s) to which the testimony refers. All written testimony received by the Board of Education will be made part of the public record for the respective new charter application hearing.

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