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RttT promotes school restructuring

Page history last edited by joan@mathascent.org 12 years ago

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What's not to like about school restructuring?

 

RttT would have each state commit to "turning around" five percent of its schools each year. In just five years, that means that 25% of the state's public schools will have been targetted for restructuring. Is this good, or is this bad? 

 

The Optional Component# 2 of the  School Partnership Agreement (which the Board approved May 5) calls for TEN PERCENT of schools to be turned around (restructure) every year.  That means that approximately FIFTY of SPS 100 schools will have been targetted by our Superintendent for restructuring in the NEXT FIVE YEARS!!!!!! 

 

IS "FIFTY IN FIVE" GOOD OR BAD?

 

  • This is a GOOD NEWS if restructuring is beneficial to affectied students. What does the research say, as to the question of whether restrucuting is beneficial to children?
  • The best research synthesis I have seen so far (Mathis, April 2009) concludes that school restructuring at BEST has not beneficial effects of affected students, and that increasing funding for smaller class sizes and for health, psychosocial, and college/career counselling services will have more benefit to low income studnets than school restrucuting.
  • If you know of credible research that shows that restructuring is usually beneficial for the affected children, please send a link, and if possible, a summary of the research report. The best evidence for any restructuring model would be that the on-time graduation and college-admission/completion statistics for affected students is greater than had the childrens' schools not been restructured.

 

WHY ARE SOME STATES AND DISTRICTS DECLINING TO SIGN ON TO RttT?

 

The requirement for school restructuring is one reason that some state's that are eligible for the RttT Competition are getting wet feet.

 

This is an excerpt from a recent article  (April 27, 2010)  in Education Week:

 

In Massachusetts, the AFT [American Federation of Teachers, a national teachers union] affiliate backed the round-one application but is changing course for round two. Aft Massachusetts President Thomas J. Gosnell said that the mass firing of staff members at low-performing Central Falls HighSchool in neighboring Rhode Island was among the reasons. “If this can happen in Rhode Island, this can happen here,” said Mr. Gosnell, who said Massachusetts education leaders supported the Central Falls action. However, Mr. Reville, the Massachusetts education secretary, writes in an upcoming commentary in the New England Journal of Higher Education that he would never support the “wholesale, undifferentiated firing of an entire faculty,” but that restructuring and staff changes certainly will be made in the lowest-performing schools. In addition, Mr. Gosnell said, there’s reluctance to support round two since the union was pressured to support passage of a new charter-school-expansion law enacted to help Massachusetts win a Race to the Top grant, only to see the state end up losing in round one.

 

URL: http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2010/04/28/30stim-race_ep.h29.html?tkn=VVOFXVul7sc8IMLp%2BB20y%2B%2FMuA0QZXqUPPr1&cmp=clp-edweek

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