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The School District’s ‘Small Schools Transition Project’

This article was originally published in The Notebook. In August 2020, The Notebook became Chalkbeat Philadelphia.

  • Twelve new small schools were assigned to one of four transition managers in winter 2005 and contracts were renewed last fall.
  • Princeton Review was paid a total of $1.5 million to work with Lamberton, Parkway West, Sayre, and Vaux.
  • Kaplan was paid $1.1 million to work with Carroll, Lankenau, and Randolph.
  • ResulTech was paid $1.1 million to work with Communications Technology, Parkway Center City, and Philadelphia High School for Business and Technology.
  • SchoolWorks was paid $750,000 to work with Motivation and Robeson.
  • The contracts were terminated last May due to budget pressures and managerial failure to meet performance standards at many schools (community engagement, partnerships, professional development, caring climate, suspensions/expulsions, college visits).