Philadelphia School Partnership Invests $3 Million in Turnaround of Two Philadelphia Public Schools

Grants will support turnarounds at Kelley and Blaine Elementary Schools, each of which is expanding enrollment by 50% due to nearby closing schools

PHILADELPHIA – The Philadelphia School Partnership (PSP) announced it will invest $3 million from its Great Schools Fund to support the turnaround of two district-managed public elementary schools in North Philadelphia, William D. Kelley and James G. Blaine. The grants will help the principals at the schools to develop and implement turnaround plans focused on dramatically improving academic quality. Both schools have made important strides toward academic improvement but face extra challenges in the coming year as they each add 160-170 additional students as a result of the District’s recent school closings.

Each school’s principal will receive $1.5 million to support the development of a school turnaround model. The turnaround models will be focused on instructional improvements: improving teacher training, increasing rigor of the school curriculum, and creating interventions for students to make dramatic learning gains. In the first year of turnaround, principals will consult with experts as they assess strengths and weaknesses of the current instructional foundation and then develop a plan to elevate performance and make changes as needed.

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