Think about the upcoming rollout of new national academic standards for public schools, he urged the crowd. If they're as rigorous as advertised, a huge number of schools will suddenly look really bad, their students testing way behind in reading and math. They'll want help, quick. And private, for-profit vendors selling lesson plans, educational software and student assessments will be right there to provide it.
"You start to see entire ecosystems of investment opportunity lining up," said Lytle, a partner at The Parthenon Group, a
With a nearly $300 million deficit, a leadership transition, and rapidly-unfolding plans for a comprehensive governance overhaul, the School District of Philadelphia faces challenges that are unprecedented in its nearly 200-year history. The "Blueprint for Reforming Philadelphia's Public Schools" proposes one course for navigating the rough seas ahead by focusing on two major goals: safe, high-achieving schools for all kids, and the elimination of the district's deficit by 2014. The Blueprint's suggested remedies include a decreased reliance on the district's central office; new providers of educational services; an expansion of nontraditional public-school options, including charters; and an accountability system intended to expand high-performing schools and shutter bad ones.
Sen. Jeffrey Piccola's attorney says charges are unwarranted, surprising
02, 2012, 3:07
State Sen. Jeffrey Piccola's attorney Bob Davis said that the charges the state Supreme Court Office of Disciplinary Counsel has lodged against his client are "an embarrassment" and that Piccola is extremely disappointed by the charges.
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