District Leaders Make Moves

District leaders in both Detroit and Boston are receiving national attention for their approaches in transforming chronically low-performing schools. Last night, Boston Superintendent Carol Johnson unveiled her plan to restructure 14 of the city’s lowest performing schools. The schools will either receive massive overhauls or be closed. A few of the schools were ordered to close last year, but were given an extra year to improve after public outcry against the closures.  

Detroit’s been in the turnaround spotlight for few years now, as a large portion of the district’s schools (and the majority of the district’s high schools) are in need of dramatic change. Barbara Byrd-Bennett responded to the challenge and continues to fight the battles in the district.  As Byrd-Bennet continues negotiations with the Detroit Federation of Teachers, education reformers across the country will be watching to see what comes out the other side.

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