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Document Number: 7380

State Takeover, School Restructuring, Private Management, and Student Achievement in Philadelphia - In response to decade of budget crisis and years of low achievement, in 2002 the state of Pennsylvania made sweeping education changes when it took over the School District of Philadelphia. It replaced the school board, laid down district-wide curricula and turned over control of 45 schools to profit and non-profit management organizations, as well as making other changes. Now participating in the nation’s largest experiment in private education management, Philadelphia’s schools are analyzed here for comparative student achievement and institution financial success. (Brian Gill, Ron Zimmer, Jolley Christman and Suzanne Blanc, RAND, 2007)...

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