Audenried community wants charter to keep district teachers

    Saturday was the big day for Audenried High School, when teachers, students and parents from the school attended a community session with Universal Companies, the charter set to take over the School District of Philadelphia school in the fall.

    Amid the tension and discussion was one clear concern: the removal of Audenried’s teachers.
    NewsWorks partner the Public School Notebook reports there was more focus on the idea of the plan than on the plan itself.

    Teachers at Audenried will be let go when Universal takes over. They can reapply for their jobs, but without union benefits. Otherwise, they’ll have to find jobs elsewhere in the district, which is looking at cutbacks related to its $400 million defecit.

    The tension cam down to one factor: the School District making the decision to include Audenried in the Promise Neighborhood before presenting the idea to anyone in the school.

    Feed the Feed: How much say should parents/teachers/students have in the movement to convert schools to charters?

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