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RFA Selected To Evaluate Charlotte-Mecklenburg's Project L.I.F.T.
RFA — Saturday, June 02, 2012
Philadelphia, PA (May 31, 2012) - RFA has a 20 year history of studying educational reform efforts in Philadelphia. Our deep knowledge of the complexities of educational reform is rooted in our sustained, close-in analysis of a major school district, and distinguishes RFA from other organizations. We have successfully leveraged that knowledge to create a broader portfolio of work that sustains a focus on Philadelphia, while also expanding to include multiple school districts across the country.
We are pleased to announce the newest addition to this portfolio of work. From a competitive pool of national and local applicants, RFA has been selected to conduct a five-year mixed-methods study in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg (NC) School District. Charlotte-Mecklenburg is a national leader among urban school districts, and is known for smart, effective reform efforts.
RFA's study will center on an evaluation of Project L.I.F.T., a philanthropic initiative that attempts to improve academic outcomes for students in eight schools in the West Charlotte Corridor through a focus on community involvement, technology, increased student academic hours, and governance changes to improve teacher and school leader effectiveness. The $55 million initiative is funded by the Belk Foundation, Foundation for the Carolinas, Wells Fargo Foundation, Duke Energy Foundation, Bank of America Foundation, and other private investors. Click here to learn more about this initiative.
RFA will begin work on this project in June. The selection of RFA to conduct this evaluation represents the continued growth of our national reputation for conducting and contributing high-quality, rigorous research to the field.