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From the Outside InSuburban Elites, Third-Sector Organizations, and the Reshaping of Philadelphia$
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Carolyn T. Adams

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780801451621

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9780801451621.001.0001

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Outsiders Reshape the Educational Landscape

Outsiders Reshape the Educational Landscape

(p.82) Chapter 3 Outsiders Reshape the Educational Landscape
From the Outside In

Carolyn T. Adams

Cornell University Press

This chapter examines how actors outside Philadelphia have reshaped the city's educational landscape by changing the school governance structure, fostering school choice, and shifting responsibility to independent schools. In particular, it assesses the land-use impacts of shifting to a market model of urban schooling in Philadelphia. It shows how nonprofit organizations and for-profit companies are reshaping publicly funded schools in greater Philadelphia, mainly through funding. The chapter first considers the decision of the state of Pennsylvania to take over the Philadelphia schools in 2001 before turning to the proliferation of charter schools in the city. It then discusses the Great Schools Compact, a portfolio model adopted by Philadelphia in late 2011 to achieve continuous improvement in operating urban school districts. It also explores the role played by foundations in Philadelphia's school reform.

Keywords:   education, Philadelphia, nonprofit organizations, for-profit companies, Pennsylvania, charter schools, Great Schools Compact, urban school districts, foundations, school reform

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