I-Lead Charter School in the News

AL DÍA News Hosts “The State of Public Education” Panel

By Jamila Johnson
August 24, 2016

AL DÍA News recently hosted a panel titled, “The State of Public Education: Charter School Edition,” at the Pyramid Club. Pennsylvania Secretary of Education, Pedro Rivera, moderated the discussion along with four leaders in education within the community.

The second annual panel included: Angel Figueroa – CEO of I-Lead Charter School , Alfredo Calderón Santini – President & CEO of ASPIRA, Farah Jimenez – President & CEO of the Philadelphia Education Fund, and Dr. DarcyRussotto- President of Pan American Charter School.

During the panel, the speakers explored the current charter and public school systems and each highlighted how they see charter schools as a response to public education.

“What’s happening with the evolution of charter schools is inevitable and the rest of the country is doing it for all the right reasons… in 2009, [there was] a more than a 50% dropout rate… As a father of Olivia – 15 and Natalia – 10, I felt morally compelled to do something for the rest of the kids in the city of Reading,” said Angel Figueroa.

With 95 charter schools in Philadelphia alone, the discussion on the impact of charter schools and the discussion of how to help them thrive comes at a critical time.

From high dropout rates and poverty to the need for bilingual education, the panelists highlighted the unfulfilled opportunities for growth they saw within their communities and how each charter school can provide that specialized attention to students.


“Our Congreso partners founded us to be a different option for students in our neighborhood. And I’m proud to say that today we offer very close to a private education to our students. And we have 250 students who come on buses from around the city. We are a dual language school, fifty percent of our instruction is in English and fifty percent of our instruction is in Spanish. And we hope to graduate fully bilingual students. We know what an amazing opportunity that will give,” said Dr. Darcy Russotto.

Secretary of Education, Pedro Rivera, acknowledged that charter schools are often highlighted in a negative way but stated that many have a positive impact within the communities they serve.

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I-LEAD Charter School in Reading celebrates gains in state profile score


I-LEAD Charter School is nearly bursting at the seams with pride these days.

That’s because when the state Department of Education recently released its annual school performance profiles – which rank schools based on standardized test scores and other factors – I-LEAD saw its number go up.


Berks County’s only brick-and-mortar charter school received a score of 40 out of 100. And while that number puts it last among all high schools in the county – Antietam was second lowest at 62.7 – it represents an increase of 19.4 percent over I-LEAD’s score of 33.5 from last year. Read more

I-LEAD Charter School Submits Bold, Transformational Charter Amendment to Reading School District

School seeks addition of student performance matrix, accountability measures

Reading, Pa. – I-LEAD Charter School today submitted to its authorizer, Reading School District, a bold, transformational amendment to its charter that seeks to add a fair and equitable performance matrix for student achievement, said Angel Figueroa, CEO and co-founder of I-LEAD Charter School.

“The Board of Trustees and administration of I-LEAD Charter School believe this is the next step in our mission to provide high-quality academic programs and services to our students,” Figueroa said.  “Our students, teachers and staff embrace accountability and welcome the opportunity to showcase our school’s results and achievements.  We welcome Reading School District’s collaboration and support throughout this process.” Read more


Owners donate CNA building in Reading to I-LEAD Charter School

The five-story, 260,000-square-foot CNA Insurance building at Fourth and Penn streets has been donated to the I-LEAD Charter School, company and school officials said.

“It’s a blessing from the sky,” said Angel Figueroa, vice president for resource and development at I-LEAD. “It’s going to change the lives of many young people.” Read more