The state takeover of the Lawrence public school system in Massachusetts could mean longer school days and fewer days off for the city’s 13,000 students.
State Commissioner of Education Mitchell D. Chester said last week that, under receivership, there will be a rethinking of the school calendar and the school day to help turn around the city’s chronically underperforming schools.
Mr. Chester plans to appoint a receiver within two weeks, and the state officially takes over the system Jan. 1. “Anything’s up for grabs here because I don’t think that business as usual is going to get us a substantially different result for the children of Lawrence,” he said.
A version of this article appeared in the December 07, 2011 edition of Education Week as State Eyes Longer Year After District Takeover