Today, School District of Philadelphia Superintendent, Dr. William R. Hite Jr., is recommending to the Philadelphia School Reform Commission to allow Global Leadership Academy (GLA) to assume the management of an under-performing West Philadelphia district school under the Renaissance Charter Schools initiative. The vote will take place on January 21, 2016.
Under the district's Renaissance Initiative, the School District of Philadelphia identifies under-performing schools. Through this process, GLA was able to submit a proposal to manage the Samuel B. Huey Elementary School, located at 52nd & Pine Streets, with an enrollment of approximately 550 students. In October of 2015, Huey (along with three other schools) was given the chronically under-performing designation by Superintendent Hite, allowing him to begin the turnaround process and enact change for the 2016-2017 school year.
Current Global Leadership Academy CEO, Dr. Naomi Johnson Booker, has a long history with the Philadelphia School District as a former district administrator who excelled at turning around under-performing schools, both district and charter.
Dr. Booker expresses her excitement about the new partnership with GLA and Huey School.