ERIC Number: ED485302
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2004-May
Contracting Out Schools: The First Year of the Philadelphia Diverse Provider Model
Bulkley, Katrina; Mundell, Leah; Riffer, Morgan
Research for Action
Educators nationwide focused on Philadelphia in the summer of 2001 as politicians and policy makers explored the possibility of a state takeover of the city's school system, a seismic power shift that would produce the largest privatization of a public school district in American history. The findings reported in this document are based on analysis of interviews with 20 principals in schools operated under the diverse provider model and with 10 representatives from providers and the district central office. Each principal was interviewed 3-4 times. All interviews were conducted during the second half of the 2002-2003 school year--the first year of the new reform.
Descriptors: Competition, Educational Change, Public Schools, Privatization, Urban Schools, Governance, School Districts, Administrator Role, Principals, Politics of Education
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: William Penn Foundation, Philadelphia, PA.Carnegie Corp. of New York, NY.; Pew Charitable Trusts, Philadelphia, PA.; Philadelphia Education Fund, PA.; Samuel S. Fels Fund, Philadelphia, PA.
Authoring Institution: Research for Action, Inc., Philadelphia, PA.