Massachusetts to take over 4 struggling schools, including 2 in Boston

Monday, November 4, 2013

The state is pursuing the takeovers after the four schools failed to orchestrate a rapid turnaround over the past three years, despite immense resources to get the job done with millions of dollars in federal school-improvement funds and broad powers to replace their teachers, extend the school day, and make other changes with little union interference.

The schools are the Dever and Holland elementary schools in Boston, both in Dorchester; the Morgan Full Service Community School in Holyoke; and John Avery Parker Elementary School in New Bedford.

The takeovers will become the first under a 2010 law that enables the state to seize control of individual schools without putting the entire district into receivership. The state put the four schools on warning a month ago, saying receivership was “very likely.”

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