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Sources: King SAC prefers Mosaica over Foundations

By the Notebook on Mar 15, 2011 10:34 AM

by Bill Hangley, Jr.

While the official vote results have not been released, the head of a group representing alumni of Martin Luther King High says their school’s advisory council has recommended Mosaica Education over Foundations, Inc. to run King as a charter next year.

“The vote went to Mosaica,” said Darran Whitfield, founder and president of the Martin Luther King Alumni Association, in a phone interview. Whitfield says he heard the news directly from members of King’s School Advisory Council (SAC), who have been instructed by school district officials not to comment publicly on the vote.

A  spokesperson for Foundations confirmed Whitfield’s account. “I heard [the vote] was 8-1, in terms of numbers,” in favor of Mosaica, said Executive Director of Communications John Henderson.  Other sources close to the King SAC reported the same results.

Monday, Whitfield’s group held a press conference at King to voice their support for Superintendent Arlene Ackerman’s Renaissance process, designed to bring new management to chronically underperforming schools. The alumni group is not represented on King’s School Advisory Council (SAC), but has been a frequent presence at King’s Renaissance-related events, and helped organize a series of meetings between students and the charters.

This story continues on the NewsWorks website; it is a product of a reporting collaboration between the Notebook and WHYY.

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Comments (8)

Submitted by Bill Hangley (not verified) on March 15, 2011 1:40 pm

An important correction: I was incorrect to report that Mosaica has "never" run a school in Philly; they helped manage the Hardy Williams Academy Charter School from 2001-2004, after buying out the company that originally managed (Advantage Schools of Boston).

Submitted by Monica (not verified) on March 15, 2011 7:55 pm

From a survey of Mosaica's website, it looks like Mosaica has NEVER run a high school before. King will be Mosaica's very FIRST.

Mosaica seems to have an internet site that offers high school classes accessible from any computer, but Mosaica seems to have ZERO experience running an actual, physical high school with actual, physically-present high school students in it.

It looks like none of Mosaica's handful of actual, physical schools scattered in a few states go higher than 8th grade.

So when Mosaica takes over MLK, it's going to be a REAL, on-the-job training experience for Mosaica and a real experiment.

Submitted by Christina (not verified) on March 15, 2011 8:53 pm

Sounds scary. I would not send my son or daughter to a school that is being run by a for profit company that has zero experience running a high school.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on March 15, 2011 9:20 pm

A for profit organization that has never run a high school, and had to "give back" control of the one Philadelphia school that they managed; Mosaica shouldn't even be in the running. I am still wondering how the progress that has been made at King is so easily jeopardized. When did we say it was okay to gamble with the lives and futures of our children. I want a guarantee from Arlene Ackerman that if Mosaica fails she and Mosaica leave Philadelphia. Our children are not data, experiments or a means for unwarranted profit. We must not defend the system; we must defend our children. Education is no place for profiteers--neither is 440.

Submitted by TAG Philly (not verified) on March 15, 2011 9:53 pm

Yesterday's rally was another powerful statement to the school district that we will not stand by as our public schools are taken away from us. We were 1,000 strong with amazing energy and one clear message: DON'T PRIVATIZE OUR SCHOOLS!

The fight is not over though, and it is crucial that we continue to pressure the school district and the SRC to make our voices heard and demands met. Come out TOMORROW to keep up the growing energy.

Tomorrow's event:

Come out to the SRC to Demand:

* An End to Silencing Teachers and Students
* A Real Voice in School Change for Students, Parents, Teachers and Community Members
* A Transparent Process of School Change

Wednesday, March 16th
440 N. Broad St
SRC Meeting begins at 2pm
Testimonies at 4pm
Get there when you can!

When we have a critical mass, we will engage in a collective, visual demonstration of our determination to be heard.

When you arrive, find people in TAG t-shirts to get the details.

Wear Red!

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on March 17, 2011 11:54 am

It seems to me, once again, a private back-door meetings, to hand over Martin L. King, Jr High School to a for-profit management group that has NO experience with managing a high school was already in place despite the alleged attempts by Darran Whitfield, self appointed President of MLK Alumni Association to disseminate information to ALL (Alumni, Community Leaders, Parents etc.)

It is truly disgusting that so-called administrators continue to refuse to adequately fund Philadelphia Public Schools!

Will Mosaica really put the interest of the students first, I think not!

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on April 30, 2012 2:23 pm

It sure was a back door deal made by the self appointed President, Darran Whitfield. He is a con artist. Do your research on this person.

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