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December 5, 2018
17 struggling New York City schools improved enough to avoid extra state oversight. But they aren’t out of the woods yet
The schools showed enough evidence of progress to no longer require additional state oversight — or face the possibility of outside takeover or closure.
November 14, 2018
A state board decision on two long-struggling Pueblo schools could affect the entire district
Heroes Middle School and Risley International Academy of Innovation have spent the last eight years on a watch list for low-performing schools.
September 26, 2018
17 schools in Tennessee’s turnaround district remain priority schools 6 years after first takeovers
Four of the six original Memphis schools that were taken over by the state in 2012 are on the newest priority list released last week. And dozens of schools that were added to the district later also remain on the list.
September 17, 2018
Adams 14 pledges ‘transformational change’ as Colorado revisits school improvement plans
The Colorado State Board of Education plans to hold hearings in November for one school district and three schools that have not shown enough improvement.
sig: the sequel
September 13, 2018
Did Obama’s federal school turnaround program really fail?
It’s a year-old debate that remains relevant, as SIG has become a touchstone for the idea that the federal government is unable to help long-struggling schools improve.
August 20, 2018
‘They deserve the best:’ A Denver principal talks about restarting a school in her home city
We sat down with Angelina Walker, the new principal of John H. Amesse Elementary in Montbello, to talk about her vision.
April 25, 2018
Tennessee’s struggling state-run district just hired the ‘LeBron James’ of school turnaround work
Sharon Griffin’s new job is to better the state’s Achievement School District and use her experience to strengthen the relationships with local districts across the state.
April 24, 2018
‘I can’t wait to get started,’ says Sharon Griffin on leading Tennessee’s Achievement School District
Sharon Griffin, a longtime leader at Shelby County Schools, will be the next leader of the state’s turnaround district.
April 7, 2018
What’s next for Colorado schools ‘on the clock’? This bill would show the way
Colorado's school accountability law is silent about what should happen if students still aren’t learning in the years following state intervention.
Priorities and pushback
April 2, 2018
A heated debate over the desire for a traditional high school in far northeast Denver boils over
“Everything we do is threatened by the idea of opening a new high school in the far northeast."
back in town
March 8, 2018
Back in Memphis, founding superintendent of Tennessee’s turnaround district says the effort needs more time
In town this week for a philanthropic event, Chris Barbic told Chalkbeat that he expects low-performing schools absorbed by the state-run district to see more progress.
February 1, 2018
State turnaround district ready to hand off Memphis middle school to charter
Students at Westside Achievement Middle School likely will start next school year under a new operator.
January 18, 2018
Hopson weighs charters as school turnaround tool for Shelby County Schools
The Memphis superintendent's comments hint at a potentially significant shift for a district that has battled openly with the charter sector over students.
No time to play
January 12, 2018
Will recess cuts boost learning? One struggling Colorado district wants to find out.
A suburban Denver school district on a state-mandated improvement plan has cut recess time for elementary students in a bid to devote more time to instruction.
August 18, 2017
No. 1: This Denver turnaround school had the highest math growth in Colorado
The school also had the eighth-highest growth on state English tests.
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