During the year-long study period, the district will pay the private managers $500 per student for a total cost of $9.2 million. That amount is less than the $750 the companies had been paid but a $50 increase for the universities that had been managing some of the schools.
The six private managers have been operating the schools since 2002. Their five-year contracts will expire June 30.
In addition to Edison, a for-profit company in New York, the private managers are Victory Schools, a for-profit company based in New York; Universal Companies, a Philadelphia nonprofit; Foundations Inc., a nonprofit in Moorestown, N.J.; Temple University, and the University of Pennsylvania.
Denise McGregor Armbrister, who recently joined the commission, abstained from the vote.
Commission member Sandra Dungee Glenn voted no. She had favored removing the managers from 12 schools that had not met federal academic standards and returning those schools to district control July 1.
That motion failed to pass.
Some commission members were concerned that there was not enough time for the 12 schools to make the transition to district control before schools open in September.
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