Creating the Conditions for Change

Good discussion over at Quick and the Ed about why partnership zones are critical for school turnaround work.  There’s an active lawsuit in LA over the dismissal of teachers at low performing schools.

It’s important to change the operating conditions in low performing schools before pursuing strategies that require moving personnel.  This often means having difficult conversations and negotiations around collective bargaining agreements.  There’s no guarantee that prior engagement would have led to changed conditions – in this particular case, LAUSD and the UTLA don’t have great recent history of collaborating around these issues – but districts and collective bargaining units should use chronically failing schools as an entry point for conversations around change.  See: Philadelphia and New Haven.

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