Hughes to outline details of ‘Victory Academies’ in Pennsylvania schools

    Update: Hughes outlined some of the key differences in his proposed Victory Academies, which include:

    A student/teacher ratio of 15:1 for elementary schools and 20:1 for high schools
    A minimum of 1100 hours of instruction for elementary schools and 1190 hours for high schools per year, achieved through longer days, an extended school year and six weeks of summer and Saturday classes
    Access to “intensive social services” for students

    Original report: We’ve got Promise Academies, Renaissance Schools and now, Victory Academies?

    Will there be any general public schools left?

    State. Sen Vincent Hughes will be at West Philadelphia High School this afternoon to talk about Victory Academies, his pilot program proposal to help Pennsylvania’s lowest-performing schools.

    Smaller class sizes, longer days and summer and Saturday classes are part of the curriculum, which Hughes, who represents parts of Philadelphia and Montgomery counties, will detail at 2 p.m.

    More information is available on Huges’ website.

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