Edison To Leave Wichita

By: Beth Jett
By: Beth Jett

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The Edison project caused controversy when it first came to Wichita but now even more controversy is stirred up as the Wichita school board decides Edison should leave.

On Monday night board members voted to take back, the last two Edison Schools, Jardine Academy and Dodge Elementary. The move will save the Wichita school district about $500,000.

At the meeting parents and students had emotional pleas to keep Edison here in Wichita. But Wichita School superintendent Winston Brooks claims public schools can do just as good as a job. This move will also save the district thousands of dollars, especially during a tight budget session.

The President of Edison schools also agreed with board that they wanted to move out of Wichita.

Parents at Dodge Elementary and Jardine Middle schools say they want the school district to keep Edison Schools' curriculum when it takes over the schools next year.

Edison is based in New York. The company has run Dodge Elementary since 1995 and Jardine since 1996. The two schools are among more than 100 the company runs nationwide.

The Edison program includes an extended school day and school year and free home computers for every student in third grade and above. There's also a challenging curriculum and intense teacher training.


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