Inside sources report that while the Department of Education solicited a number of last minute applications to bolster their numbers, there were five significant bids to become one of the ‘partnerships’ to which Tweed would like to outsource its educational functions. Those five bidders were: New York University, Teachers College, the Center for Educational Innovation, New Visions and Edison.
If you want to look into the future and see what New York City will get with Edison as a “partner,” consider this story, Schools Pay $1.6 Million for ‘Ghost’ Pupils, in today’s Philadelphia Daily News. The Philadelphia school district is running a rather large deficit, and yet it is paying Edison more than $1.6 million to educate students who, in the words of the Daily News, “do not exist.”
The Daily News explains that the Orwellian named
School Reform Commission… decided to maintain the per-pupil funding level for 12,591 students in Edison-run schools, even though the combined enrollment at the company’s schools had been dropping since the contract began in 2002.
The effect this year is that Edison, which receives $750 per student, is being paid for 12,591 students while actually only educating 10,395.
What is amazing is that Edison keeps tottering on the brink of financial disaster, given that it is paid so handsomely for not educating Philadelphia public school students.
A hat tip to the Philadelphia Public School Notebook, a great on-line journal of news on Philadelphia public schools, which originally broke this story.