The situation was poorly handled, but the state is the “bad guy” here
The Boston School Committee voted 6-0 with an abstention to close the Mattahunt Turnaround School rather than face a near-certain takeover by the state. Parents, community and staff have complained that they were kept out of the loop in the district’s decision-making process. That is a legitimate criticism of the process or lack of process that took place. There should be no mistaking, however, that the process began with the heavy-handed tactics at the hands of State Education Commissioner Mitchell Chester, who, we are to believe, let Superintendent Chang know in no uncertain terms that a state takeover was unavoidable regardless of the course of action the district would take. Long story short, the state intended to grab the Mattahunt school and its property.
The last two state takeovers, particularly Blueprint’s takeover at the Dever, have not gone so well. WBUR ran a report on the issue:
Chang suggested he isn’t comfortable with the external operators the state put in place at the Dever Elementary and the John W. McCormack Middle School in Dorchester [Editor’s note: should be UP Holland] and added that receivership doesn’t seem to accelerate improvements in learning…
Continue reading on the WBUR website.