This article was originally published in The Notebook. In August 2020, The Notebook became Chalkbeat Philadelphia.
Abandoned by its charter operator and stymied in its attempt to find a new one, Kenderton Elementary in North Philadelphia will be reabsorbed by the School District of Philadelphia.
The final word on Kenderton’s fate came Wednesday night when the District announced in a press release that the school’s former management organization, Young Scholars, had surrendered its charter. A spokesperson for the school’s board confirmed the news.
"The School District of Philadelphia is ready with a comprehensive plan to ensure that Kenderton Elementary opens ready for students to succeed in 2016-17 school year," said Assistant Superintendent John Tupponce in a statement.
The charter surrender ends a chaotic month-and-a-half for Kenderton, which had been part of the District’s Renaissance charter initiative. Through the much-debated turnaround program, the District cedes low-performing schools to charter operators with the expectation that they improve quickly. Renaissance charters are considered some of the toughest schools to manage for charter companies, and Young Scholars ran aground quickly.