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Renaissance Schools timeline and RFP

By Anonymous on Jan 5, 2012 12:53 PM

Yesterday the District announced the beginning of Renaissance Schools Year III and the call for proposals from potential charter operators. The 89-page Request for Proposals document describes the steps to apply to operate a Renaissance School.

It also gives a timeline for the process this year. Targeted schools and the providers who will compete to operate them will both be announced on February 20. The process for matching schools and providers will start the next day and run until March 22.  The School Reform Commission is currently scheduled to vote on the pairings on March 29.

We're still reading through this document. What items stand out to you? What questions does it raise?


Renaissance Charter RFP released

Jan. 3
Letter of Intent to submit an RFP response due Jan. 10
Final RFP questions and information requests due Jan. 10
Vendor conference Jan. 11
RFP responses due Feb. 7
RFP finalists announced Feb. 20
Renaissance Schools announced Feb. 20
Matching process between RFP finalists and Renaissance Schools Feb. 21 - March 22
SACs submit final recommendations to superintendent March 23
SRC votes on matches March 29
Renaissance Charter school transition phase March 30 - July 1
New Renaissance Charter Schools open August/September 2012


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Comments (11)

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on January 5, 2012 1:16 pm

So let me understand this, "Operators"--great choice of words, have about 6.5 weeks to make their cases for new schools. Are we supposed to believe that the choices have NOT be made already?? This is another slap in the face to the people of Phila. who unfortunately will go along with the okie dokie once again instead of fighting for our dignity and the rights of our kids who, again, will be sold to the highest bidder on the hook up list.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on January 7, 2012 7:08 am

This timeline is preposterous. Look at the first four dates. It is obvious the choices have already been made. It is obvious that things have been happening behind closed doors and decisions have already been made without public input or engagement.

What do we mean by vendors? What do mean by operators? Why is there not an RFP for new charter school proposals pursuant to the charter school law?

While our leaders speak of transparency and trust, their actions speak louder than words. It is obvious little has changed in the school district.

This RFP is about privately run "operations" being "given" our schools for their profit.
Where is the valid evidence that the first cohort of "operators" did anything to improve those schools?

What's the rush-rush? What is the present status of SAC's? How credibly are they organized? Last year's SACS had serious issues. Did we forget that? This is clear evidence there is an "insiders' track" and things are happening behind closed doors. Who makes the decisions to approve the operators or not and is there an open, transparent process for that?

What is obvious here is that our children are still "Beneath the Wheel" of politics and the "operators" who are working behind the scenes and in the dark of the shadows.

The first question that must be publicly debated is whether we want to give our schools to "operators" in the first place. Why is this RFP being put out at all and in such a poorly thought out manner?

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on January 7, 2012 9:14 am

I hate to keep beating the dead horse which is our feelings, thoughts and democratic principles but they DON'T CARE about any of that. The object is obtaining crooked money, first, last and only. Unless WE TOGETHER stop it, it won't stop, pure and simple. Don't look for Obama for help either !!

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on January 7, 2012 10:41 am

What do you propose that WE do? Who is going to lead it? Organize it? Finance it? Who is going to follow?

If it is a lawsuit that you propose, who is going to finance it? "They," the privateers, have more money than "Us" and They are giving it to "Their" politicians.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on January 7, 2012 10:14 am

The first thing is Nutter, who is a con artist of course, should report on his visit to Denver and accept questions from the notebook. Listen, I agree it won't be easy. However, what is our alternative? Jerry Jordan should be leading the PFT loud and long instead of sitting around waiting for the other shoe to drop. Union People everywhere should do what folks in Wisconsin and Illinois are doing, making their intentions known and WITH MALICE. This isn't bean bag with this cretins and we better win by any means necessary.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on January 6, 2012 11:07 am

I wonder if this process is in violation of some sort of due process law/contract bid since public funds are in question . I mean really, this timeline is clearly meant to pre-select certain providers. Shouldn't well constructed, not just test-preparation, programs be considered? And, would any thoughtful proposal be created in such a short amount of time? I am constantly amazed of the unprofessional conduct of this district, especially in regards to rolling out any type of program. I have yet to see one implemented that doesn't appear to be last minute and rushed.

Submitted by Joe DiRaddo (not verified) on January 6, 2012 1:09 pm

Did the SRC pass a resolution to put out the Request for Proposals? If not, there very well could have been a violation of a procedural due process right of the public to comment before such a proposal is put out by the administration.

The Sunshine Act embodies the due process issues of the right of the public to comment on matters of public concern before action is taken by our public officials. I could argue it both ways. But if I were the judge, I would rule that it is a due process violation if the SRC did not resolve to put it out.

But then again, I am partial to democracy as the best form of school governance.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on January 6, 2012 9:23 pm

The choice is between lots of easy money and democracy. Guess which will lose if the SRC has its way?

Submitted by Rich Migliore (not verified) on January 6, 2012 10:51 pm

It is amazing how many people in positions of power detest the word democracy.

Submitted by History Repeats (not verified) on January 11, 2012 8:03 pm

I read where the likely candidates to be charterized are the eight schools that were to become Promise Academies and the "Rennaissance Alert" schools. Does anyone know if this is true?

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on January 25, 2012 2:38 pm

First, fire Tom Darden. He walks around all puffed up with pride while he knowingly destroys public education. Next to the parents: WAKE UP because YOU have the power to STOP this. Get out and speak up. Protect our schools. It is up to YOU. Please be active and don't allow the corporate whores to take over our school system.

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