This article was originally published Aug. 5, 2014.

Officials at the York City School District are poring over information detailed in hundreds of pages of documents submitted by seven groups interested in converting the district to charter schools next year.

The proposals were due Friday and were released to the public Tuesday.

David Meckley, the district's chief recovery officer, said he hasn't had a chance to read all 2,300 pages.

But, he said, "I believe we do have some quality proposals in there."

Both nonprofits and for-profit companies submitted proposals. Two proposals have ties to other York City charter school operators.

Four groups have proposed to begin operating all of the district's eight schools for the 2015-16 academic year.

Two groups are proposing to phase in operation of all district schools over several years.

And one group is proposing to operate just two schools — Goode K-8 and McKinley K-8.

The options: There's still a possibility that York City could avoid charter conversions next year if the teachers union agrees to a collective-bargaining agreement reflective of the district's financial recovery plan.

However, as he's said many times, Meckley reiterated Tuesday that time is running out for a resolution with the union.

The district has spent the past year implementing a financial recovery plan known as the internal-transformation model. The model was proposed by union and administration leaders.


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Charter conversions are the alternative if the transformation model does not achieve its performance goals or if the district is not able to achieve its financial goals. Its success hinges on wage and benefit concessions from teachers, support staff and administrators.

In June, the district's school board voted 8-1 to authorize Superintendent Eric Holmes to issue a request for proposals from charter providers that could begin operating one school building, multiple school buildings or all of the district's school building by the fall of 2015.

The process: The Community Education Council, an advisory board guiding the district through its financial recovery process, will meet at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 13, at Hannah Penn K-8, 415 E. Boundary Ave.

At that meeting, representatives of the seven groups will have an opportunity to present their proposals, Meckley said. The meeting is open to the public.

Afterward, CEC members and the district's business manager will evaluate the proposals and assign scores to each, Meckley said.

Those scores will be announced at the school board's Wednesday, Aug. 20, meeting, he said.

More details about how the district will proceed will be discussed at the CEC's Wednesday, Aug. 27, meeting, Meckley said.

The school board is tentatively scheduled to approve any contracts for the 2015-16 school year by Oct. 31.

ASPIRA, Inc. of PA: The "well-established, non-profit, community-based, charter school organization" is proposing to eventually take over operations of all York City schools — but on a staggered schedule starting in 2015-16.

Next fall, ASPIRA wants to manage McKinley K-8 and Jackson K-8 — followed by the high school, Ferguson K-8 and Goode K-8 in 2016-17; and Hannah Penn K-8, Devers K-8 and Davis K-8 in 2017-18.

ASPIRA has partnered with Camelot Education, "a private educational company," that would implement a disciplinary program, accelerated graduation program and therapeutic day school for special-needs students.

Click here to read a summary of ASPIRA's proposal that it provided to the school board.

Charter Schools USA: The company has partnered with National Network of Digital Schools, a nonprofit, on its proposal to operate all district schools starting next year.

According to its proposal, Charter Schools USA currently operates 70 schools in seven states. The company promises "immediate financial viability and a cohesive culture moving forward to transform the York City School District."

"We will create an environment where the teachers, administrators, community stakeholders, parents, and students of York City School District will embrace the core philosophy that all children can learn, become self motivated, life long learners, function as responsible citizens, and actualize their potential as productive members of the local community, global society, and the 21st century workforce."

Click here to read a summary of Charter Schools USA's proposal that it provided to the school board.

Edison Learning: The for-profit company that runs Lincoln and Helen Thackston charter schools in York is proposing to manage each of the district's schools starting next year.

The company is proposing to "help our partners eliminate the persistent disparity of academic opportunities and outcomes for students as a result of their socioeconomic circumstances."

The company's educational "cornerstone" is its Five Strand Design model, which emphasizes leadership, pedagogy and curriculum, assessment for learning, learning environment and student and family support.

Click here to read a summary of Edison Learning's proposal that it provided to the school board.

McKinley-Goode: The McKinley-Goode Charter School, Inc. is a "newly formed nonprofit corporation" that's partnered with Education Revolution, Inc., "a newly formed for-profit corporation."

The partners are proposing to operate McKinley K-8 in the 2015-16 school year and Goode K-8 in 2016-17. A key part of the proposal is an employee stock ownership plan.

Initially, Education Revolution will be owned by Isiah Anderson, founder of the recently shuttered New Hope Academy Charter School. Ownership would be transferred over time to employees. York City Mayor Kim Bracey submitted a letter of support for the proposal.

Click here to read a summary of McKinley-Goode's proposal that it provided to the school board.

Executive Education Schools: Executive Education Schools, a Philadelphia-based nonprofit, is proposing to operate all district schools starting next year.

Its mission, according to the proposal, is "to implement a leadership academy and business education model that engages students in the school community, prevents them from dropping out of school, fosters self resiliency, and prepares them to be contributing members in the workplace, college, and the community."

Their plan for the district would close the achievement gap "through shared decision-making, a rigorous curriculum, and student mobility based upon individual achievement, parent involvement, smaller class size, and highly qualified staffing."

Click here to read a summary of Executive Education Schools' proposal that it provided to the school board.

Mosaica Education, Inc.: The for-profit company has 17 years of experience operating schools in the U.S. and abroad.

Mosaica is proposing to operate all York City schools starting next year. The company wants to "increase student achievement, restore pride in the York schools, increase enrollment, and bring community partners together to better service the families of York."

Mosaica's mission, according to its proposal, is "to create generations of great problem solvers."

Click here to read a summary of Mosaica's proposal that it provided to the school board.

The TenSquare Group: The "national education consulting firm" is proposing to operate the high school, Goode K-8, Ferguson K-8 and McKinley K-8 next year.

The group would add Davis K-8, Devers K-8 and Jackson K-8 to its operations for the 2016-17 year.

TenSquare achieves transformative changes by "partnering with school stakeholders to prioritize the most important drivers of school change and then monitoring these interventions for maximum impact."

Click here to read a summary of TenSquare's proposal that it provided to the school board.

— Reach Erin James at ejames@yorkdispatch.com.