Thursday, April 17, 2008

DCPS high schools to get outside help

Chancellor Rhee is looking to hire up to 6 non-profits to help run the District's 10 high schools.
For months, Rhee has discussed hiring firms as one of five options she could use under the federal No Child Left Behind law to fix 10 high schools and 17 elementary and middle schools. Students there missed academic benchmarks on the system's standardized test for five consecutive years. Rhee's plan applies only to the high schools.

In the 30-page plan Rhee sent to schools, which was obtained by The Washington Post, she for the first time names the six companies under consideration and outlines the areas the companies would oversee.

Rhee wrote that she does not consider the arrangement "privatizing the schools." The schools, she said, would remain under her control and enter into a partnership with the companies.

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Rhee's plan names six nonprofit organizations: Bedford Academy High School in New York; Friendship Public Charter School in the District; Institute for Student Achievement in Lake Success, N.Y.; Mastery Charter Schools in Philadelphia; St. HOPE Public Schools in Sacramento; and Talent Development High Schools in Baltimore.

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