Don't let anyone tell you that there's only one way to turn around a school -- or that everyone agrees on what works.
While CPS is proposing to close and consolidate 19 schools due to low performance and low attendance, Los Angeles Unified School District is taking the opposite approach.
In LA, they are handing schools over to teachers, parents, and the community, along with sponsoring organizations like the Urban League and Loyola Marymount University (LA Times).
Ironically, part of what puts these struggling schools in such a good position is that they could otherwise petition to leave the district and become a charter like Locke High School did.
Yes, a charter provision is in this case helping ensure that district schools are finally helped.
Filed under: The World Outside CPS