Mosaica withdraws from MLK; school district press release

The School District of Philadelphia Office of Communications 440 N. Broad Street, Suite 102~Philadelphia, PA 19130-4015~(215)400-4040

Contact: Jamilah Fraser (215) 400-6315                                                                                 March 17, 2011

Mosaica turnaround partners withdraws



PHILADELPHIA – Mosaica Turnaround Partners announced today they respectfully withdraw as the recently voted charter provider for Renaissance match Martin Luther King High School.  The Georgia based company said they wanted to focus their attention on providing exemplary educational services to General David B. Birney Elementary School.


Yesterday the School Reform Commission (SRC) voted to affirm Mosaica as external turnaround provider for King.  The School Reform Commissioners vote was strongly guided by the recommendations made by the schools’ School Advisory Councils (SACs).   The SACs are comprised of parents, students, staff and community members.  These teams met and interviewed representatives of turnaround teams to identify which teams would best meet the particular needs of their schools.  After several weeks of visiting schools managed by the teams, reviewing school performance data and proposals, and holding public meetings, the SACs provided the District with their top three turnaround team preferences.


The District will work closely with King SAC’s second team preference, Foundations, to start preparing them for the 2011-2012 school year.  This match and the charter agreement for all six schools will be voted on in April by the SRC.   All Renaissance match schools will continue to function as neighborhood schools. Parents and community members will be assured that:

The school will provide guaranteed admission to current students, as well as students who live in the neighborhood catchment area as space allows.
The school will continue to serve all students, including those with IEPs and English Language Learners.


In the weeks ahead, the turnaround teams will reach out to the families of the Renaissance Match Schools’ students to provide more information about their organization, their plans for the schools for the upcoming 2011-2012 school year, and what it means for the students.



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