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Turnaround Schools

Every Student Succeeds Act How ESSA Could Complicate Rural Turnarounds
Smaller school districts could face unique challenges in complying with the federal education law’s mandate for evidence-based strategies when it comes to improving their lowest-performing schools.
Evie Blad, September 10, 2019
6 min read
School & District Management Total Dysfunction in Providence, R.I., Schools? Here's Some Context You Need to Know
A report outlines a horrifically low level of achievement in the district—and most of the contributing factors were open secrets.
Stephen Sawchuk, June 27, 2019
8 min read
Wendy Wyman
Wendy Wyman
Nathan W. Armes for Education Week
School & District Management Leader To Learn From Taking Struggling Schools to New Heights
Nonprofit foundations usually influence how school leaders work. In the case of Superintendent Wendy Wyman, the reverse turned out to be true as well.
Andrew Ujifusa, February 20, 2019
7 min read
School & District Management From School Safety to Trauma, Principals Tackle Tough Subjects at Conference
School leaders will also learn strategies to hire and keep the best teachers as well as how to use technology to connect with their students, staff, and community during the annual gathering of middle and elementary school principals.
Denisa R. Superville, July 11, 2018
1 min read
States Houston District May Face State Takeover
Officials from the Texas Education Agency told Houston school district officials that a state takeover could be in the offing if the district does not improve some of its persistently struggling schools, the Houston Chronicle reports.
Denisa R. Superville, August 11, 2017
1 min read
School & District Management Georgia School Turnaround Bill Advances
If a Georgia bill becomes law, the state board of education will hire a new "chief turnaround officer," who will work with schools whose achievement ranks them in the state's bottom 5 percent.
Denisa R. Superville, March 27, 2017
1 min read
School & District Management Michigan Delays Decision on Potential Closures or Restructuring of Schools
The schools, most of them in Detroit, face potential closure for appearing in the bottom 5 percent of all the state's schools over a three-year period.
Denisa R. Superville, February 24, 2017
2 min read
Sharon Griffin
Sharon Griffin
Yalonda M. James for Education Week
School & District Management Leader To Learn From A Passion for Saving Schools on the Brink
Sharon Griffin, the chief of schools in Tennessee’s Shelby County Schools, has led an urgent effort to turn around the academic performance of more than 20 low-performing schools in Memphis. She is recognized as a 2017 Leader To Learn From.
Daarel Burnette II, February 22, 2017
7 min read
School & District Management Turnarounds Can Be Effective When Used With Other Strategies, Report Finds
A new report from the Center on Reinventing Public Education offers the first comprehensive assessment on state turnarounds before the full implementation of President Barack Obama's Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).
Julie Depenbrock, November 11, 2016
1 min read
School & District Management Traits of Top Principals: Q & A With New Leaders' Benjamin Fenton
New Leaders' new book, Breakthrough Principals: A Step-by-Step Guide to Building Stronger Schools, lays out the practices of high-performing school leaders and provides a framework and action steps for other principals to improve their schools.
Denisa R. Superville, June 3, 2016
6 min read
Boca Ciega’s valedictorian Da’Jhai Monroe, 17, is graduating with a 4.7 weighted GPA and is going to Florida State University to study biology and public policy. She was also accepted to Cornell University. “Overall I think I’ve gained a lot of confidence from being in high school. When I first came in, I was kind of shy and introverted. And I guess the more years I progressed, I started to understand my own potential.”
Boca Ciega’s valedictorian Da’Jhai Monroe, 17, is graduating with a 4.7 weighted GPA and is going to Florida State University to study biology and public policy. She was also accepted to Cornell University. “Overall I think I’ve gained a lot of confidence from being in high school. When I first came in, I was kind of shy and introverted. And I guess the more years I progressed, I started to understand my own potential.”
Melissa Lyttle for Education Week
College & Workforce Readiness Photo Essay Portraits of an Urban School Turnaround
Photographer Melissa Lyttle documents an academic turnaround at Boca Ciega High School in St. Petersburg, Fla.
Education Week Photo Staff, June 3, 2016
1 min read
Student Well-Being Opinion Another Brick in the (Data) Wall
We used to believe, as public educators, that our product was our students--their eventual contribution as advanced scholars, civic-minded community members, and part of the labor force. All of that has changed. Our product now is publicly displayed test scores. Our data.
Nancy Flanagan, May 25, 2016
3 min read
Budget & Finance Teacher Protests Shut Down More Than 90 Schools in Detroit
The protest comes in response to an announcement that the district will run out of money at the end of June and may not be able to pay teachers for work they've already done.
Corey Mitchell, May 2, 2016
1 min read
States Mississippi Bill to Create Statewide School District Heads to Governor's Desk
In recent years, a growing number of states have sought to create statewide school districts with the charge of taking over and improving low-performing schools.
Denisa R. Superville, April 20, 2016
1 min read