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Two struggling Philadelphia schools have been targeted for a large grant and will be part of a planned reorganization, according to School Reform Commission Chairman Bill Green.

W.D. Kelley Elementary School in Brewerytown and Blaine Elementary School in Strawberry Mansion will each receive $1.5 million in grants from the Philadelphia School Partnership, the Daily News reported.


Green confirmed the decision today. The schools were reportedly selected because both had received an influx of new transfer students after several schools were closed last year, and because the Philadelphia School Partnership thinks their principals are effective and could lead a turnaround at the schools.

Teachers at the schools reportedly must reapply for their jobs or be forced to transfer. The principals will reportedly have more freedom in choosing who works at their schools under the grant.

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