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Michael F.X. Gillin, chairman of the state-appointed board that brought Edison in, said the tempest has left him dispirited. Next year, he said, the district will reopen without private companies.
"At this point, that is probably the best thing that could happen," Gillin said, adding: "There are a lot of social problems down there. You can't just blame the administration or Edison for the kids' low test scores."
Edison stayed only a short time in places like Dallas and Minneapolis, where officials concluded it hadn't improved things enough to justify its fees. In other districts, like Baltimore and Philadelphia, Edison has taken over hard-luck schools, produced improvements in student performance and won acceptance.
Edison also found itself in a perpetual three-way power struggle with the board and the central administration. The contract did not allow Edison to hire or fire teachers. The company also did not control the district's finances and had limited ability to shift resources to places that needed them. It was not involved in generating the faulty information that hid the system's budget deficit.
Originally posted by EastCoastKid
If you privatized all the schools, what would happen to those children whose parents couldn't afford to pay their tuition?
If I had kids and the ability, I would homeschool them until they were in many jr. high then I would let them choose where they wanted to go.