(Aug 19) New Philly research consortium to “provide research and analyses on some of the city’s most pressing education issues” for the city’s district and charter sectors.

By Kevin McCorry
Newsworks

A first-of-its-kind research partnership that could highly influence Philadelphia’s public schools was announced Tuesday.

The Philadelphia Education Research Consortium (PERC) – funded by a three-year $900,000 grant from the William Penn Foundation – will “provide research and analyses on some of the city’s most pressing education issues” for the city’s district and charter sectors.

The nonprofit Research For Action will act as the consortium’s home base.

“Up until now, any research that was done in the district was done on a piecemeal basis, project-by-project,” said RFA’s executive director Kate Shaw. And it was often in the interest of “whatever researcher was doing the research.”

Full story: New research consortium to focus on Philly’s schools in quest for best practices, Kevin McCorry, Newsworks, 08/19/14

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