For seven years, Edison Schools, a profit-based group out of New York, has managed two Wichita elementary schools, Dodge Edison and Jardine. This week the company announced plans to discontinue their relationship with the Wichita school district.
On Monday, school board members will vote on whether or not to renew their contract with the company. Meanwhile, parents are signing petitions in support of Edison. Many of them say they plan to attend Monday night's board meeting.
Dodge Edison parent Rebecca Porter says she knew Edison was thinking about leaving Wichita. Porter says she is shocked at the company's decision to make the announcement right in the middle of the school year. Now she is working to collect signatures for a petition asking Edison to stay, but she says it may be a losing battle.
School board member Lynn Rogers says he is surprised with Edison's announcement because the company has not contacted the district. He says the announcement could make it easier on board members when they decide their next step.
A spokesperson for Edison Schools says the company will not pull out of Wichita until they receive an official agreement from the school district. If it does happen, changes would not go into effect until next school year.
The school district says they could save half a million dollars by taking back both Edison schools.