He Said, She Said

It’s no secret that I’ve been involved in a little back and forth with turnaround skeptic Andy Smarick.  CommonWealth Magazine’s Michael Jonas has a balanced piece that looks at the debate with appropriate levels of both optimism and skepticism.  It’s good stuff, but I particularly liked this:

“The charter-like freedoms that Mass Insight says are needed to turn around failing schools are exactly what the new Massachusetts law allows for in the state’s lowest performing schools. The dismal history of school turnaround efforts to date means we don’t know whether even such sweeping changes will be sufficient to turnaround failing schools. What does seem clear, however, is that nothing short of deploying the full breadth of these powers stands a chance of making good on the promise of quality schools for all children.”

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