School district releases renewal recommendations, 1 charter isn't making the grade

Mike DeNardo
June 10, 2018 - 10:34 pm
The School District of Philadelphia

Mike DeNardo | KYW Newsradio

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — The School District of Philadelphia has released its recommendations on whether to renew 17 city charter schools, and one longtime charter isn't making the grade. 

The district's Charter Schools Office is recommending renewals, many with conditions, for 16 of 17 charters expiring this year. 

Office director DawnLynne Kacer says her office is recommending a nonrenewal of one of the city's oldest charters, the Charter High School for Architecture and Design, or CHAD. 

She says the school, founded in 1999, is failing the district's evaluations on academics, organization and financial health.

"When you have a school that's not performing, or is rated in the lowest possible category of performance in all three domains, obviously that's a great cause for concern," she said.

Should the School Reform Commission vote on June 21 not to renew CHAD, it doesn't mean the school is closing right away. 

It begins a hearing process that will push any ultimate decision on CHAD's fate to the new school board.