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. 

"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
"This was a really tricky task and I applaud the work that was done. The report has opened up our thinking by asking 'Where do other organizations place some of these responsibilities? What would it look like if we moved certain things from one place to another? I was skeptical that you could do a valid comparison, and I am very impressed with fact that you did. In sum, the report is pretty expansive and comprehensive."Kay McElrath, Chief Financial Officer, High Tech High, San Diego
"The report was very well structured and captured in detail the operations of our organization and the key drivers of cost. It would become an even more powerful benchmarking tool if more organizations joined the study so we could have a more representative sample of organizations to compare ourselves from each State."Marco Petruzzi, President and Chief Operating Officer, Green Dot Public Schools, Los Angeles
"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)