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Friday charter hearing cancelled

This article was originally published in The Notebook. In August 2020, The Notebook became Chalkbeat Philadelphia.

The School Reform Commission has cancelled its scheduled Friday meeting about possible renewals for some charter schools.

With the District’s finances in a state of crisis, the SRC last month postponed votes on more than a dozen renewals recommended by District staff, as well as an unspecified number of charter modification requests.

Chairman Pedro Ramos later announced that those charters willing to negotiate enrollment caps and other conditions would have their renewal requests prioritized. Last week, the District held the first in a scheduled series of Friday morning meetings to vote on renewals on a rolling basis, ultimately approving renewals for Sankofa Freedom Academy and Multi-Cultural Academy.

It is not clear why the SRC cancelled Friday’s meeting or what charters, if any, were to be considered for renewal this week. Managing charter school expenses and growth is part of the budget and transformation blueprint the District is now considering.

We’ll update with details about the May 11 meeting when they become available.