Magazine article Curriculum Administrator

Edison Schools Bids to Take over 45 New York City Schools

Magazine article Curriculum Administrator

Edison Schools Bids to Take over 45 New York City Schools

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In what would be its largest and splashiest move to date, the private, for-profit Edison Schools has bid to manage 45 public K-12 schools in New York City and turn them into charter schools.

The plan was announced in late summer following a move by schools Chancellor Harold Levy, Rudy Crew's successor, to open up the possibility that private firms might run some of the city's more troubled schools.

Edison already manages schools in other major cities such as Boston, Atlanta, Dallas and Baltimore, in addition to schools in Jersey City, N.J., and Rochester, N.Y. However, those projects pale in comparison to the proposed New York City plan, which includes an $80 million investment by Edison for new equipment and infrastructure improvements, and another $50 million philanthropic donation to operate the schools. In recent months, Edison has aggressively marketed itself and made several high-profile moves to attract more business, including teaming up with IBM as the company's exclusive hardware vendor ("Edison Taps `Big Blue' As The Hardware Vendor Of Choice In All Its Schools," CURRICULUM ADMINISTRATOR, September 2000, p. …

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