"A child's learning is the function more of the characteristics of his classmates than those of the teacher." James Coleman, 1972

. . .a pupil attitude factor, which appears to have a stronger relationship to achievement than do all the “school” factors together, is the extent to which an individual feels that he has some control over his own destiny. James Coleman, 1966

Sunday, April 18, 2010

School Turnarounds in VA, DE

It was back in January of 2009 that Pearson announced they'd enter the "turnaround" business with a new branch, Pearson K-12 Solutions. Leading the way for this new outfit would be none other than Scott Drossos, a former Executive VP and Chief Development Officer for EdisonLearning.

When Virginia announced $59.8 million in federal funding for school turnarounds, both Pearson K-12 Solutions and EdisonLearning made the list of "turnaround providers" even though one company has been around for a little over a year and the other company has a rather spotty track record, to put it politely.

Over at Kilroy's Delaware, Nancy Willing reports that Pearson K-12 Solutions will be taking over a charter school, the Moyer Academy, within the next few months. No word yet if this is official - but it sure seems plausible given Delaware's participation is the Mass Insight experiment in turnarounds.

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