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Institute for Law and Economics:
Nevels: Philadelphia School Reform Sets Standard for Nation
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Nevels: Philadelphia School Reform Sets Standard for Nation
James Nevels WG '78, L'78, Chairman of the Philadelphia School Reform Commission, makes a point during ILE lecture

LESS THAN TWO years into a much-watched reform of the Philadelphia School District, initial results are promising, said James Nevels, who is leading the turnaround effort as Chairman of the School Reform Commission.

“We have seen appreciable increases in (test) scores in our worst performing districts,” reported Nevels WG’78, L’78 during a lecture in October at the Institute for Law and Economics.

Nevels, who is also Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of The Swarthmore Group, an independent investment advisory firm, told an audience of students and alumni that old-fashioned entrepreneurial zeal accounts for improvements in the school district.

He said for-profit, nonprofit and public entities are managing more than one-third of Philadelphia schools, creating new models of innovation and initiative, such as charter schools, education management organizations (EMOs), and partnership schools, for 62,000 students.


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