The Turnaround Myth


Another good WSJ editorial about what to do with “failing schools.”

Some highlights:

“Like its predecessor, the Obama Administration is focusing its education policy on fixing failed schools. … but a new study shows that school turnarounds have a dismal record that doesn’t warrant more reform effort.”

“… examples of large-scale, system-wide turnarounds are nonexistent.”

“… the reasonable conclusion is that children would be better served by closing these schools and starting new ones.”

“The good news is that some bad schools are closing under the direction of reform-minded officials in some cities. New York Schools Chancellor Joel Klein has closed around 100 schools and opened more than 300 new ones.”

“… the evidence argues against throwing billions more at turnaround schemes that fail as consistently as the schools they target.”

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