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2008 Annual Survey & Analysis of SMO-Managed Networks of Schools

In the 2008 Survey & Analysis of SMO-Managed Networks of School – our 1st -- RSS analyzed the financial and operating structure of ten SMO-managed networks, including four EMOs and six CMOs.  This syndicated research project was conducted with partners Civitas, Green Dot, High Tech High, IDEA, National Heritage Academies, Noble Network, See Forever/Maya Angelou, United Neighborhood Organizations (UNO), Victory Schools, and White Hat Management. 
                                                 
With detailed operating and financial data that has not been previously published, this report captures the financial, operating, and capital expense data of these organizations from FY08, presented in over 50 metrics, including sections comparing the performance of EMO and CMO sectors, and a subsection focusing on Chicago-based charter organizations.  Among the key findings in the report were information on the amount of operating philanthropy consumed on a per pupil basis by CMOs, and the relative academic performance of CMOs to EMOs. 

"Nice job on this report. You really have gotten to a level of specificity in here that we haven't seen elsewhere. And interesting findings – especially the inferences you draw from linking inputs to outputs. (For example, that the four highest spenders on HR are among the "success cohort" in terms of student outcomes. That's as interesting to me as the other finding about SMOs that spent higher percentages on administration, generally, producing good outcomes.)"Andy Calkins, Senior Vice President, Mass Insight Education & Research Institute, Boston
"We found the report filled with useful information. Our board has asked me to re-review the report and identify the most critical benchmarks our organization should be measuring itself against."Ron Manderschied, Vice-Chair of the Board, Noble Network of Charter Schools, Chicago
"The results of this study make clear that the division between not-for-profit and for-profit management organizations is a canard. Superintendents, school boards, and mayors looking to engage outside partners to move their schools forward need to read this study before acting."Margaret Harrington, Chief Operating Officer, Victory Schools, New York
"This study better educates the public, more specifically foundations, public school districts, and elected officials, on the various educational and management practices used by charter schools. As a result, these types of studies help further strengthen the charter school movement by promoting these entrepreneurial and diverse practices of a pool of successful national charter school operators."Juan Rangel, CEO, United Neighborhood Organization (UNO) and President, UNO Charter School Network (UCSN)