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School Reform Commission's 2002 reform plan

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  • 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

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