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10 Renaissance provider prospects named

By Paul Socolar on Nov 17, 2010 12:30 PM

The District has named 10 finalists from the 20 respondents to its request for potential providers to run schools in a second cohort of Renaissance Schools. The list of "RFQ finalists" includes some national players in school turnaround that would be new to Philadelphia.

The four providers currently running Renaissance Schools - Mastery Charter Schools, ASPIRA of PA, Universal Companies, and Scholar Academies (formerly Young Scholars) - are all back for more. Johns Hopkins/Diplomas Now, which was a finalist last year, is also in the running.

The other national providers:

Two other local entities, Esperanza Academy and Foundations Inc., are finalists.

RFQ finalists must now submit a proposal to be approved as a provider. Last year, all six who made the first cut were approved, and four ended up getting matched with schools.

The District also updated its timeline for this year's process but still has not specified a date when this year's Renaissance-Eligible schools will be named.

Nov. 16: Request for proposals (RFP) issued to RFQ Finalist Year II
Dec. 21: 2010 RFP responses due
Jan.17: RFP finalists selected
Jan./Feb.: Matching process between RFP finalists and Renaissance Schools
March 2011: SRC votes on matches

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Comments (5)

Submitted by Ms. Chips (not verified) on November 17, 2010 12:07 pm

Interesting list, if only because it is so short.

Johns Hopkins has the only program with a research base documenting consistent, long term, positive results. I hope its ouster last year for misrepresented reasons is not on Ackerman & Archie's radar still.

I've been following Green Dot via its newsletter since Arnie Duncan mentioned them as a model reform provider. I can not, however, find data.

What will happen to all of these expensive reforms as we move into leaner, meaner times? Any guesses on which kids will pay?

Submitted by Meg (not verified) on November 17, 2010 1:51 pm

Any guesses on which kids will pay?

All of them.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on November 19, 2010 1:55 am

I wonder what the 2-month matching process will look like this year? Will they recruit members of the community and parents for school advisory councils again? Tight timeline for that.

Submitted by anonymous teacher (not verified) on November 19, 2010 9:40 am

How are Young Scholars and Universal doing with the Renaissance schools they were given this fall? Will there be a chance for parents and community members to get that information? Comments on this webste in September, October and November raise some serious questions about the qualifications of Young Scholars (now Scholar Academies) and Universal.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on December 3, 2010 8:57 am

Universal is doing terrible with the two schools they got.... just ask any of the teachers... or the lack of teachers since half quit or find an educated parent from daroff or bluford and im sure they would be more than happy to tell you how unhappy they are

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