The board voted to sell the John Whittier school to a company working with the KIPP charter network, but added a provision intended to prevent the North Philadelphia property from being flipped by a developer.
The upgrades were financed by the school district and launched with the help of the Philadelphia Energy Authority, which has helped facilitate $100 million in public and private investment in energy projects.
An ex-principal says students at the Atlantic Community Charter School weren't being evaluated for special education services, and that federal money was being misused. The school's management said it planned to fight the "false allegations."
Belmont Charter School in West Philadelphia says buying its building from the school district is the only way to make needed repairs. But some are worried about turning over a neighborhood school building.
For some, the three-alarm fire and shelter-in-place messages from the city felt like the nightmare they’ve feared for years. The oil refinery is the largest on the East Coast, and is essentially wedged into the backyards of several residential neighborhoods.