Are Bad Schools Immortal?

February 02, 2011 - 3:30 pm
The Thomas B. Fordham Institute
1016 16th Street NW
7th Floor
Washington, DC 20036
United States

When it comes to low-performing schools, we seem to be witnessing the same thing over and over—not unlike the classic movie, Groundhog Day.Ground Hog Day

A recent study by the Thomas B. Fordham Institute tracked about 2,000 low-performing schools and found that the vast majority of them remained open and remained low-performing after five years. Very few were significantly improved. So, are failing schools fixable?

Join the Thomas B. Fordham Institute for a lively and provocative debate about that question. Fordham VP Mike Petrilli will moderate, and the discussion will be informed, in part, by Fordham’s study, Are Bad Schools Immortal? The Scarcity of Turnarounds and Shutdowns in Both Charter and District Sectors.


Jeanne Allen Jeanne Allen, President, The Center for Education Reform
Justin Cohen Justin Cohen, President, School Turnaround Group, Mass Insight Education
Diane Ravitch Elaine Weiss, National Coordinator, Broader Bolder Approach to Education*
 Photo Unavailable David Stuit, Partner, Basis Policy Research, and author, Are Bad Schools Immortal?

*Diane Ravitch is no longer able to join us due to inclement weather.