The latest on the 'success' of the Education Occupation in Philadelphia, as reported in the Philadelphia Inquirer:
City schools under Philadelphia School District control outperformed those run by outside managers paid millions of dollars to run them, according to a study released today.
The research - which echoes three previous studies - comes at a crucial moment for Philadelphia's privatization experiment, the largest of its kind in the country. The contracts of 18 privately managed schools run by six companies are up June 30, and Superintendent Arlene Ackerman has publicly stated that she
will not support schools that don't work.
Conducted by Johns Hopkins University researcher Vaughn Byrnes and published in the May issue of the American Journal of Education, the study found that students at Philadelphia's privatized schools made strides on state exams but that pupils at district-run schools made bigger gains.
Byrnes looked at test scores of sixth, seventh and eighth graders at 88 city schools from 1997 through 2006.
"By 2006, the achievement gap between the privatized group and the rest of the district was greater than it was before the intervention," Byrnes said.