the passage of the No Child Left Behind Act, school districts across
the country have been working to satisfy new federal guidelines. Those
regulations have sparked many attempts at school reform, but few as
extensive as in Philadelphia.
hired five private companies and two universities to run 45 of its lowest-performing
schools. The city also restructured 21 schools and renewed deals with
47 charter schools. By doing this, Philadelphia has embarked on the
nation's most extensive experiment to see whether non-traditional techniques
can cure an ailing public school system's woes.
Test results offer some insight into the Philadelphia experiment
on Philadelphia's efforts and the debate it has sparked in the community