Academic journal article Education Next

Restructuring Questions

Academic journal article Education Next

Restructuring Questions

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Michael Petrilli ("The Cure: Will NCLB's Restructuring Wonder Drug Prove Meaningless?" what next, Fall 2006) shines a spotlight on a critical issue in the implementation of No Child Left Behind: the dearth of outside education providers ready to jump in to help states and districts deal with the increasing number of schools eligible for restructuring.

Contracting with for-profit and nonprofit school management organizations--or working with them to reopen failing schools as charter schools--could be a powerful "transplant" approach. However, two factors restrict this solution. First, turning around existing schools is a far different business from creating them from scratch. Many organizations are wrestling with whether restructuring and conversion opportunities fit within their mission. Some nonprofit charter management organizations (CMOs) have been launched specifically to respond to this opportunity, including Education for Change, in Oakland; others, such as Mastery Charter Schools, in Philadelphia, partner with districts to extend their impact. …

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