The Philadelphia Inquirer reports that 42 low performing schools are being given to 7 outside managers, including 20 to for-profit Edison Schools. Another 28 schools will be converted to charters, independent schools or “reconstituted” systems, meaning that their staff will be radically changed.
The commission unanimously approved a list of guidelines on the financial aspects of these partnership schools and the rules to which they will be held, including an obligation to raise test scores or lose their contract.
The schools will not be given more financial resources than other low-performing schools in the district, but they will be eligible to compete for federal and other grants.
From what the article says, these schools are so bad that they had to try something. I particularly like the fact that they are trying a variety of approaches. That way, they will be able to compare results from the regular public school method vs. a selection of differenct approaches.
I assume that many school employees, including teachers, administrators, etc. will lose their jobs. This is unfortunate for the individuals. However, I like the implicit message to school employees they must succeed or they’re canned. That’s how my firm works, and insurance is a lot less important than education.
Is this reform effort a good approach? Will it work or fail? Which alternatives will come out on top?