2 charter school operators resubmit rejected applications for new schools

Mike DeNardo
April 21, 2019 - 4:00 am
The School District of Philadelphia Headquarters.

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Two charter operators whose applications for new schools were rejected by the school board last month are trying again.  

The school board in February unanimously turned down charter applications for the Joan Myers Brown Academy by String Theory and the Tacony Academy at St. Vincent's. Board members said the String Theory application didn't support the arts-based vision for a new school. And the board questioned Tacony Academy's budget, academics and governance. At the time, String Theory co-founder Jason Corosanite disagreed with the district's appraisal.
     
"What's difficult for me is to see an evaluation of our charter application that is deeply flawed and extremely biased," Corosanite said.

The state charter school law allows applicants who are denied the opportunity to revise and resubmit their applications. String Theory and the Tacony Academy have done just that.  

The board will consider Tacony's resubmission in May, and String Theory's at its June meeting.  

The district has 87 charter schools and the local school board - not even a year old - has turned down all three of the applications for new ones it's received.