A Whittle Goes a Long Way

On the heels of reports that Knox County school Superintendent Allen Morgan and other local educrats recently visited one of Chris Whittle's Edison Schools in Kansas comes a report that most of the 25 schools managed by the for-profit Edison company have shown substantial gains in reading and math over the past two years. The New York Times story says even critics of the Edison approach—contracting with local boards of education to run schools—are impressed by the results. But don't bet on Whittle making a return to Knoxville any time soon. Although Morgan went to Kansas at the behest of Restoration Outreach, a Mechanicsville-based organization interested in putting an innovative program into Maynard Elementary School, local school officials have traditionally been resistant to letting anybody but themselves tinker with their programs.

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