Penn offers multi-million dollar partnership with another West Philly public school

Penn offers multi-million dollar partnership with another West Philly public school

January 26, 2022

University of Pennsylvania offers multi-million dollar partnership with Henry C. Lea School – the K-8 public school located four blocks west of Sadie Tanner Mossell Alexander (aka “Penn Alexander”) School , their first partner school in West Philadelphia.

The proposed Penn-Lea partnership is for five years, during which the university will commit to a total grant of $816,500 per academic year, for a total of $4,082,500. A portion of these funds will come in the form of services provided by individuals paid by Penn.

Concerns about rising home values, gentrification and displacement followed the announcement. Home prices in the Penn Alexander watershed have increased exponentially since 2000.

The partnership would “provide additional funding and support to Henry C. Lea School to improve and further improve school operations, instruction, culture, and student achievement,” according to the memorandum. of a pending agreement between Penn administrators, the Philadelphia School District and the Philadelphia Teachers’ Federation.

The proposed partnership aims to emulate the success of Penn Alexander School, supported by Penn since its construction in the early 2000s, and provide the highest quality educational opportunities for children in West Philadelphia, according to the memorandum.

Approximately 500 children in kindergarten through eighth grade are currently enrolled at Lea School.

The proposed deal will be discussed at the Education Council meeting tomorrow (January 27). If signed by the Superintendent, the agreement will come into effect on July 1, 2022.

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