This from the new principal at the Edison Charter School:
I've just come across your blog and wanted to provide you with some updated information regarding Edison Charter Academy at 22nd and Dolores in San Fran.
The school is no longer under the management of Edison Schools! In March of 2010 the school's Board voted to discontinue having the company manage ECA because of many of the very valid points mentioned on your blog. At that point I was hired as interim Principal.
Unfortunately, as is apparently the norm, Edison Management had left the school in terrible shape. However, I have never met a more caring group of teachers, and committed parents in my 20+ years of educational service. We have worked together on developing a mission and vision which encompasses neighborhood values and community spirit.
The teachers are so excited about being out from under the Edison Management hammer and have already made great changes. I would like to share a couple of important new facts about Edison Charter School.1. It is named after Thomas Edison, which is engraved on the building, so as much as we would like to change the name, it is taking a bit of negotiations with SFUSD. We would love to be able to completely get out from under the horrible reputation of the previous management company.2. We have just been given a score of 10 out of 10 on the California Academic Performance Index for comparable schools, as well as jumped 2 points on the scale- an almost unheard of advance. However, we do this without the focus on testing model. Our focus is on the whole student, and they respond!3. This fall, August 2010, not only will we have a PTA or PTO, we also already have a wonderful foundation supporting our school which is bringing about sweeping change.4. SFUSD FINALLY approved the complete renovation of the building, inside and out, which will start in October. Classes will not be disrupted, it will be done in stages, and I would be thrilled to show you the plans and explain it in detail. What will result is a completely new building to grace an already beautiful neighborhood.5. We have secured a grant from a well-known group called Playworks- check them out on Playworks.org. They will be part of our incredible programs that include dance, art, PE, after school youth league sports, and drama- all fully funded programs- hard to find in any school!I hope you'll consider sharing this information with your blog readers. We are working hard to become a friendly neighborhood school with community values and really need the news of our disengagement from Edison Management to get out there!Sincerely,Adrienne Morrell, Principal