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School facing possible closure receives $1.2 million in three-year grant

At a 2013 meeting, the School Reform Commission voted not to renew Truebright's charter. (Photo by: Oscar Wang)

At a 2013 meeting, the School Reform Commission voted not to renew Truebright’s charter. (Photo by: Oscar Wang)

Truebright Science Academy in the Olney section is touting its new afterschool program funded with a sizable federal grant. The question is whether the school will be open long enough for the tutoring and enrichment initiative to have much of an impact.

The Pennsylvania Department of Education in late September awarded the charter school on Roosevelt Boulevard $400,000 in federal funds a year over three years — $1.2 million total — to run an afterschool and summer program to enhance college readiness.

But Truebright is in an ongoing struggle with the School District of Philadelphia, which wants the school closed.

The School Reform Commission voted in October 2013 not to renew the school’s charter. The school appealed, and the case was heard this past Oct. 28 by the state charter appeals board in Harrisburg. A decision is expected in early December.

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