This article was originally published in The Notebook. In August 2020, The Notebook became Chalkbeat Philadelphia.
After a lengthy, sometimes testy public discussion, the School Reform Commission approved an amended plan Wednesday to grant charters to Universal Companies to run Audenried High School and Vare Middle as "Promise Neighborhood Partnership Charter Schools."
The vote was 3-0, with SRC Chair Robert Archie abstaining. The only change to the measure, proposed by Commissioner Joseph Dworetzky and approved by his colleagues, would write into the two charters Universal’s commitment to provide enhanced services at the schools as promised, whether or not the organization wins a federal "Promise Neighborhood" grant.
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