SIG: Turnaround Mess In New York City
With funding for 30+ efforts available from Washington, the city has announced rescue plans that sound pretty wishy washy -- for only nine low-performing schools (NYT,GothamSchools, NY1). There are no charter conversions in the bunch, and no turnarounds, either. (Apparently -- I've never heard of this before -- union approval is considered necessary in NYC for the turnaround option, which requires that at least 50 percent of teachers be replaced at a school.) The city says it had no other options, absent union agreement, other than closing schools which no one wanted to do at this late date and on such a great scale. The union blames the city (here). "They are not changing anything," says one principal who's school is going to go through the process next year. Seems like there's blame enough to go around unless the city and union pull this mess out of the fire.