WHAT EVERY HUEY PARENT NEEDS TO KNOW ABOUT GLOBAL LEADERSHIP ACADEMY

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From Parents United for Public Education, http://www.parentsunitedphila.com

• POOR ACADEMIC PERFORMANCE Global Leadership, according to the District’s own standards, gets low marks for student achievement and progress. It is in the “Intervene “ category, the ranking for schools that are considered failing. When compared to similar schools, it is ranked 19th out of 29. Why would a school with this rating be chosen to turnaround another school?

• HIGH PERCENTAGE OF UNCERTIFIED AND INEXPERIENCED TEACHERS Huey currently has a staff that is 100% certified with an average of 9.59 years of teaching experience. Almost 20% of GLA teachers are uncertified with an average of 3.61 years of experience. Teacher quality matters. Why go backwards?

• A PAST RECORD OF MISMANAGEMENT AND CONFLICT OF INTEREST In 2006 the CEO and the chief financial officer of what was then Raising Horizons Quest Charter School pleaded guilty to covering up the defrauding of taxpayers to cover their personal expenses The Board hired a consulting firm led by the current CEO, Naomi Booker, paying them over 200,000 dollars to reorganize as Global Leadership with Booker as the new CEO.

• HIGH SALARY FOR SCHOOL CEO Naomi Booker was hired in 2009 at a salary of $190,000, exceeding the compensation of District principals. Regional superintendents, responsible for supervising groups of schools earned an average base salary of $137,917 at the time. At a time when schools have cut back staff can we afford this?

THERE IS A BETTER WAY: INVEST IN OUR PUBLIC SCHOOLS

Everyone recognizes Huey needs to improve. But this doesn’t mean the school needs to be turned over to a charter company, which would get rid of one of the school’s greatest assets – its experienced and dedicated teaching and support staff. Parents and teachers have worked to develop an alternative community plan that would draw on the strength and expertise of parents, teachers and the surrounding community. Let’s tell the SRC to give OUR PLAN a chance.

 

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