Philadelphia's much-watched four-year-old experiment with private management of dozens of its public schools could suffer a setback if the School Reform Commission agrees to schools chief Paul Vallas' proposal to cut funding to educational management groups a total of 50% by next year to help close a $73.3 million deficit. Some observers question whether such managers are worth the money, particularly since district-run schools overall have outperformed manager-run schools on state tests.

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