Commentary: School board should reject new charter applications


February 28, 2019

The Philadelphia Board of Education will vote Thursday on whether to approve applications for three new charter schools: People for People’s Frederick Douglass Charter High School, String Theory’s Joan Myers Brown Academy, and American Paradigm’s Tacony Academy Charter at St. Vincent’s.

The District cannot afford any more charter schools. Payments to charters represent the single biggest line item in the District’s budget — nearly one-third of its annual spending. According to these new charter schools’ proposed budgets, they would cost an additional $119 million just for the first five-year term. That does not take into account the stranded costs that the District would incur.


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