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ARIZONA STATE UNIVERSITY
EDUCATION POLICY STUDIES LABORATORY (EPSL)
Commercialism in Education Research Unit (CERU)
Education Policy Research Unit (EPRU)


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EMO INDUSTRY CONSOLIDATING, RECONFIGURING TO MEET DEMAND FOR SUPPLEMENTAL
EDUCATION SERVICES


TEMPE, Ariz. (Thursday, May 18, 2006) - The for-profit Education Management Organization (EMO) industry is consolidating and some EMOs are
shifting business models to meet the demand for education services outside
of school management, according to "The Profiles of For-Profit Education
Management Organizations: 2005-2006," the eighth-annual report released by
the Education Policy Studies Laboratory at Arizona State University.

The Profiles report finds that, compared to 2004-2005, fewer EMOs are in
business (51, down from 59) and the number of EMO-managed schools declined
slightly (521, down from 535). The number of students enrolled in
EMO-managed schools, however, has remained stable. These data, along with
the growing market for supplemental education services (i.e. tutoring,
summer schools, and consulting schools and districts on ways to meet
Adequate Yearly Progress demands of the No Child Left Behind Act), suggest
that the EMO industry is entering a period of reconfiguration.

The landscape of EMO school management -- steady enrollment, fewer managed
schools -- reveals that EMOs, particularly large EMOs (companies that manage
10 or more schools), are enrolling relatively large numbers of students in
their schools. EMOs tend to focus on managing charter primary schools, and
enrollment numbers in some of those schools are also relatively high. These
findings are consistent with the central conclusion of the 2004-2005
Profiles report.

Collectively, large EMOs manage 15 percent of the nation's charter schools,
but enroll 21 percent of the nation's charter school students. Eleven of
the 12 large EMOs manage charter schools that enroll more students than the
average U.S. charter school. For individual large EMOs, the breakdown of the
percentage of students attending charter schools with above-average
enrollment is:

* National Heritage Academies: 100%
* Charter Schools USA: 94.6%
* Imagine Schools: 94.6%
* Charter School Administrative Services: 88.0%
* White Hat Management: 79.5%
* Mosaica Schools: 76.8%
* The Leona Group: 74.0%
* Helicon Associates: 70.8%
* Edison Schools: 46.1%
* Victory Schools: 26.3%
* Richard Milburn HS, Inc.: 17.8%

Collectively, large EMOs manage 20.2 percent of the nation's charter primary
schools, but enroll 32.1 percent of the nation's charter primary school
students. Ten of the 12 large EMOs manage charter primary schools that
enroll more students than the average U.S. charter primary school. For
individual large EMOs, the breakdown of the percentage of students in
charter primary schools with above-average enrollment is:

* National Heritage Academies: 100%
* Imagine Schools: 86.8%
* Mosaica Schools: 72.0%
* Charter Schools USA: 71.0%
* Charter School Administrative Services: 40.7%
* Edison Schools: 33.9%
* Victory Schools: 26.3%
* Helicon Associates: 25.1%
* White Hat Management: 20.3%
* The Leona Group: 14.6%

Find this document on the web at:
http://www.asu.edu/educ/epsl/CERU/CERU_2006_emo.htm

CONTACT:
Alex Molnar, Professor and Director
Education Policy Studies Laboratory
(480) 965-1886
epsl@asu.edu
http://edpolicylab.org



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The Commercialism in Education Research Unit (CERU) conducts research,
disseminates information, and helps facilitate a dialogue between the
education community, policy makers, and the public at large about commercial
activities in schools. CERU is the only national academic research center
dedicated to schoolhouse commercialism.

Visit the CERU website at http://schoolcommercialism.org/

The Education Policy Research Unit (EPRU) conducts original research,
provides independent analyses of research and policy documents, and
facilitates educational innovation. EPRU facilitates the work of leading
academic experts in a variety of disciplines to help inform the public
debate about education policy issues.

Visit the EPRU website at http://educationanalysis.org

The Education Policy Studies Laboratory (EPSL) at Arizona State University
offers high-quality analyses of national education policy issues and
provides an analytical resource for educators, journalists, and citizens. It
includes the Arizona Education Policy Initiative (AEPI), the Commercialism
in Education Research Unit (CERU), the Education Policy Research Unit
(EPRU), and the Language Policy Research Unit (LPRU). The EPSL is directed
by Professor Alex Molnar.

Visit the EPSL website at http://edpolicylab.org

— Alex Molnar
Education Policy Studies Laboratory

http://www.asu.edu/educ/epsl/CERU/CERU_2006_emo.htm


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