Ohio Policy

In the reauthorization debate, civil rights groups are pressing to have ESEA force states to "do something" in schools where...
Many people have misconceptions about career and technical education (CTE) that are grounded in an archaic view labeling CTE as...
Last week, Ohio policymakers took a bold step toward strengthening education in persistently low-performing districts. House Bill...
A push by some charter advocates resulted in a last-minute amendment to House Bill 2 which may introduce the “California Similar...
For the past year, Ohio policymakers have been grappling with the issue of deregulating public schools. But what does...
The Ohio Senate recently passed Senate Bill 3 (SB 3), legislation focused on “deregulation,” and sent it on to the House. The...
Although charter schools were created to be laboratories of innovation, regulations and policies often prevent them from reaching...
Teaching is hard. (Even if I weren’t a former high school teacher I would know that.) And it’s particularly hard when you feel...
The Ohio Department of Education (ODE) this week gave notice to four charter schools that it sponsors of its determination to...
On May 18, another bill aimed at repealing Common Core in Ohio was introduced. House Bill 212 is far more troublesome than its...
When it comes to the raucous debate over standardized testing, cooler heads might just prevail. In a recent move, PARCC announced...
In 2012, Denver and New Orleans became the first two cities in the country to utilize a common enrollment system that included...
Since its birth in 1997, Ohio’s charter school program has been on a bumpy ride. Overall sector quality has been mixed, and Ohio...
When the Foundation for Excellence in Education released its first “Digital Learning Report Card” in 2011, the state-by-state...
In 2006, Ohio enacted one of the nation’s first “default closure” laws, which requires the lowest-performing charter schools to...
Are states dutifully reporting the fraction of students who are on track for college or career? According to a new report from...
Much attention has been paid to why teachers quit . Statistics and studies get thrown around , and there are countless theories...
Intra-district choice has long been a type of school choice supported by many people who don’t really like school choice. Since...
By Deven Carlson and Stéphane Lavertu School Closures and Student Achievement: An Analysis of Ohio’s Urban District and Charter...
Marianne Lombardo
EDITOR’S NOTE: The original version of this commentary was published on EdReform Now’s blog on April 8. The post contrasted...
In a 2011 Education Next article called “ The Middle School Mess ,” Peter Meyer equated middle school with bungee jumping: a...
Over 120,000 charter students in Ohio deserve the opportunity to receive an excellent education. But far too often, Ohio charters...
Charter schools are quickly becoming a defining feature of Ohio’s public-education landscape, educating over 120,000 children...

Turnaround Districts: Lessons from Louisiana, Tennessee, and Michigan

So-called “turnaround school districts,” inspired by Louisiana’s Recovery School District and its near-clone in Tennessee, have been gathering steam, with policymakers calling for them in Georgia, Pennsylvania, and other states scattered from coast to coast. But just how promising are these state-run districts as a strategy to bring about governance reform and school renewal? What lessons can we take away from those districts with the most experience? Can their most effective features be replicated in other states? Should they be? What are ideal conditions for success? And why has Michigan’s version of this reform struggled so?

Turnaround Districts: Lessons from Louisiana, Tennessee, and Michigan

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