12% of America’s schools produce 50% of America’s dropouts, according to President Obama and the Dept. of Education. So the administration has announced an initiative to help the nation’s “5,000” lowest-performing schools over the next 5 years.
The plan offers Title 1 grant money to states & school districts- that money can be implemented using one of four methods::
1. “Turnaround”- Replace and rehire new principals and teachers
2. “Restart”- Convert the school to a charter school or to one run by a management company
3. “Closure”- Close the school and send students to other schools
4. “Transform”- Replace principal, increase teacher effectiveness, increase learning time for students, etc…
One of these four models can be adopted by a school to help “turnaround” education at a failing school. School districts can compete for the money, determine which schools they want to help, then choose which model best fits each school.
See the example below and let us know your thoughts.