ERIC Number: ED470548
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Sep-13
The Future of Private Contracting in Public Education: Progressive Policy Institute Education Forum. Transcript.
Rotherham, Andrew; Cerf, Christopher; Fraser, Blanche; Rutledge, Kyle
This discussion forum focused on Edison Schools and their new business initiative, Edison Affiliates. The forum included two vice presidents of Edison and the president and chief operating officer of Edison Schools. The first speaker explained that Edison Schools operates 150 schools with about 82,000 students nationwide. They constitute the 35th largest school district in the United States. They serve increasingly diverse student populations, with 70 percent of students eligible for free or reduced lunch (about twice the national average). About one quarter of the schools are charter schools, and the rest have direct relationships with school districts. Every year for 8 operating years, Edison Schools have increased their scores by six percent per year and five percentiles per year on norm referenced tests. The second speaker described her shift from opposing Edison Schools to supporting them, providing a template that describes the components of the Edison Affiliates approach: benchmark assessments, an achievement management system, and professional development, all shepherded by an achievement advisor and all targeted at greater student achievement. The third speaker answered questions related to such issues as why Edison stock has come down so much, resource allocation, educational economics and finance, and new initiatives within Edison Schools. (SM)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Benchmarking, Educational Improvement, Elementary Secondary Education, High Risk Students, Quality Control, Student Evaluation, Urban Schools
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Progressive Policy Inst., Washington, DC.