This article was originally published in The Notebook. In August 2020, The Notebook became Chalkbeat Philadelphia.
Solomon Charter School abruptly announced that it would be closing, having opened only in September 2012. A letter, written by the school’s CEO and principal David Weathington, was posted on the school’s website making the announcement to parents.
The Philadelphia-based cyber school had been the subject of an effort by the state Department of Education to revoke its charter. In March, Ronald Tomalis, then the education secretary, said that Solomon had been operating as a traditional brick-and-mortar school, failing to provide the necessary virtual education required by the state’s charter school laws. The school fought the state’s bid to shut the school down, filing a court complaint challenging the constitutionality of the charter law’s application.
In April, Solomon’s attorney told the Inquirer, "The school is planning to continue for the 2013-14 year. … It has no plans to close its doors."
Weathington, in the letter announcing the closure, wrote, "The Board spent many hours deliberating about how to keep the school open despite safety concerns and financial instability."
Update: The Department of Education has released a statement saying that the decision by Solomon’s board to surrender its charter has brought the department’s charter-revocation proceedings to an end.