|This past week, the state announced school status changes that will shortly take effect. The changes to be imposed are both good and bad, mostly bad. Some of the changes are firm as of today, some subject to a short window period before a final decision is made. All are listed below.
On the matter of certain schools being downgraded, the following is good to keep in mind:
The good news first ….
Leaving Turnaround Status and Moving to levels 1 or 3:
Orchard, Trotter: from Turnaround to Level 1
Blackstone, J F. Kennedy, Harbor: from Turnaround to Level 3
Congratulations are in order.
Now for a review of where the state has imposed sanctions.
Going from Level 3 status to Level 4 (Turnaround Status):
Channing and Winthrop (See Globe report.)
These schools will likely fall under the same set of conditions as have Turnaround Schools in the past. Read more.
Going from Level 4 status to (perhaps) state takeover:
Dever and Holland (See Globe report.)
(This is not technically a done deal yet, as there is a statutory 30-day window period before the final outcome is announced. Further, this is the first time this has happened to individual schools in Massachusetts, so we are in uncharted waters.)
Schools that had imposed on them last spring half-steps towards a charter school takeover:
English High School and E Greenwood (See Globe report.)
Turnaround Schools that were turned over this past spring to Blueprintunder a multi-million dollar contract (Blueprint is an outside turnaround specialist that will provide tutoring and “guidance”):
There will be much to be said in the upcoming months about each of the above imposed changes. Much will focus on the reassignment rights of our members involved. BTU staff will be out to each of the above as requested. For any immediate questions, please contactMichael McLaughlin, who is the field representative in charge of elementary schools. Questions about English HS are to be directed toCaren Carew.