New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio rolled out his new school turnaround strategy there yesterday. Key details TBD but it’s hard not to see it as a backing off of the more aggressive approach of the Bloomberg administration.
– Where has this approach worked at any scale?
– Why is it a choice between better supporting students and schools and also taking aggressive steps in cases of persistently low-performance?
– Given the evidence on turnarounds, would these resources have a greater impact if targeted at middling schools while continuing a more aggressive strategy on the lowest-performing ones?
– And, the track record on turning around the lowest-performers is pretty stark. In the context of that evidence base do those parents and children deserve more immediate relief now?