Blueprint, a local Education Management Organization that was handed control of the Dever three years ago, has lost its three-year $1.5 million renewal bid to manage the school. The decision was termed a mutual one, but it is more likely a face-saving gesture by both the state and Blueprint as school problems had mounted under Blueprint’s stewardship. Blueprint was originally awarded the no-bid contract by the state in a unilateral decision that generated much controversy.The current contract ends on June 30 of this year.
The Boston Globe reported the split with Blueprint last week:
A Newton nonprofit will step down as the state-appointed receiver of the Dever Elementary School in Boston in June, state officials announced Wednesday, ending three rocky years of oversight that did little to boost academic achievement at the long-struggling school.
The announcement comes as the three-year contract for Blueprint Schools Network was set to expire June 30. State officials said it was a mutual decision not to enter into another management contract.
Instead, the state has decided to appoint Boston Superintendent Tommy Chang as the receiver for the Dever…