Original story at: Dallas Morning News

Philadelphia plans big experiment with schools
Associated Press
Friday | November 2, 2001

PHILADELPHIA Philadelphia would become a laboratory for the nation's largest experiment in school privatization under a $150 million plan submitted Wednesday by Gov. Mark Schweiker.

The governor recommended that about 60 of the city's worst-performing schools be run independently by a mixture of universities, neighborhood groups, and private companies, according to legislators familiar with the details.

If the governor and Mayor John Street cannot reach an agreement on an overhaul plan by Nov. 30, the state will take over the nation's seventh-largest school district.

The recommendations were developed with the help of Edison Schools, Inc., a company hired by former Gov. Tom Ridge to study the district's finances and educational program.

The company also runs seven schools in Dallas.