School Restructuring Probably Works More Than You Think It Does
In some places, it hasn't meant much.
In others, it's too soon to tell.
But in more places than you might think, it's actually worked...
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85% of failing schools improved under restructurings
Lansing State Journal
What does 'F' mean? (Southtown via Stateline).
Scores improve; some left behind
Tenn. Commercial Appeal
Hope but No Miracle Cures: Michigan’s Early Restructuring Lessons (PDF CEP). This look at school restructuring efforts in Michigan suggests that some schools do need a substantial revamp -- and that it can, with difficulty, be done.
A State Policymaker's Guide to Alternative Charter School Authorizers (PDF ECS). In this recent report, ECS charts the pros and cons of giving state boards, universities, and even school districts the ability to "authorize" charter schools. In Ohio, at least, nonprofit organizations can (and do) charter schools.