News in Brief: A National Roundup
Private Consultants Tapped to Advise Phila. High Schools
Three consultants have won contracts totaling $1.5 million to provide technical help to 10 Philadelphia high schools as they make a transition to smaller learning communities.
The Philadelphia School Reform Commission, an appointed panel that has been running the 214,000-student district since its takeover by the state in 2001, voted Feb. 16 to approve the six-month contracts.
Kaplan K12 Learning Services and ResulTech Inc. each won a $450,000 contract to aid three schools, and Princeton Review K-12 Services won a $600,000 contract to help four schools, said district spokesman Joe Lyons.
Consideration of a $300,000 proposal by SchoolWorks to advise two schools was postponed until the panel’s March 16 meeting.
The contracts are part of Philadelphia’s plan to improve secondary education, including creating smaller high schools and advancing a new, standardized curriculum. ("For-Profit Writes Mandatory Courses for Phila. High Schools," Feb. 9, 2005.)
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