Thursday, November 19, 2009

List of 'turnaround schools' released, includes Kennedy & Trotter

BPS Superintendent Carol Johnson released the list of 14 "turnaround schools", which have consistently low MCAS scores. Among them are the West Zone's Kennedy school in Jamaica Plain and the Trotter school in Dorchester.  JP's English High was also on the list. The schools are generally concentrated in an area of the city Johnson called, the "Circle of Promise." Here are the types of change proposed for these schools:
  • Transformational change - build on existing staff and programs at the school
  • Comprehensive change - major staffing and program changes
  • Fresh start - all staff reapply for their jobs, greater flexibility in hiring and support. This sounds like an in-district charter school. This depends upon Beacon Hill passing the charter school legislation when they return to session in January.
  • School closure - last resort
Each affected school will have a community meeting to learn about proposed changes (Trotter, Dec. 1; Kennedy, Dec. 7, 6-7:30 p.m.).

Turning around these schools is the first step in a five-year plan presented at last night's Boston School Committee meeting.

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