Shortly after the School Reform Commission approved the turnover of seven low-performing schools to charter operators, District officials told reporters without fanfare that 16 Philadelphia schools operated by outside education management organizations (EMOs) would revert to District management in the fall.
The change will leave just 12 District schools under EMO management. They are operated by five providers - EdisonLearning, Victory Schools, Universal Companies, Foundations Inc., and the University of Pennsylvania - that were among those hired to lead the massive effort to turn around District schools in 2002. At that time, shortly after the "friendly" state takeover of Philadelphia schools, 45 low-performing schools were put under outside management…
"The EMO model was flawed from the beginning, which is why we're phasing it out," said Superintendent Arlene Ackerman.
Philadelphia drew national attention for its experiment with privatized and mostly for-profit school managers. However, several research studies showed that the academic gains at EMO schools did not exceed those at comparable District-managed schools, though EMOs received hundred of dollars per student in extra funding…
The big loser in the continuing phaseout of the EMO model is EdisonLearning, formerly known as Edison Schools Inc. The controversial for-profit school management company was first awarded contracts for 20 schools in 2002 and this year is operating 15. Edison is losing 11 schools…
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PHASEOUT OF EMOS ACCELERATES, May 12, 2010, The Notebook (Philadelphia, PA)