- District signs contracts with seven education management organizations (EMOs)
- Changes in management at 70 schools -- "multiple provider" model
- 21 schools managed by new School District "Office of Restructured Schools"
- 20 schools managed by Edison Schools Inc.
- 5 schools managed by Chancellor Beacon Academies
- 5 schools managed by Foundations Inc.
- 5 schools managed by Temple University
- 5 schools managed by Victory Schools
- 4 schools transitioning to charters (one of those given full charter status)
- 3 schools managed by the University of Pennsylvania
- 2 schools managed by Universal Companies (plus one of the charters)
- These and 16 other low-scoring schools awarded extra per-pupil funding
- Plans to hire Edison as lead consultant to central office approved, then scrapped
- SRC hires Paul Vallas as CEO to run School District
More changes to come in September 2003
- Chancellor Beacon will lose 5 schools, to be converted to "restructured" schools
- Temple will take on management of Meade Elementary School
- Foundations will take on management of Martin Luther King High School
- Victory will take on management of Rhodes Middle School
- Seven potential EMOs reply to solicitation for new school managers
- CEO Vallas predicts more partnerships, involving another 10-15 schools by fall
- Extra per pupil funding at privately managed schools to be reduced, leveled
- All District-run schools to get new, uniform reading and math curriculum