Boston’s new school superintendent, Carol Johnson, raised test scores in Memphis by firing principals of persistently low-performing schools and forcing teachers to reapply for their jobs, reports the Boston Globe. But the teachers’ union vows to block similar moves in Boston.
Johnson will inherit Boston’s strategy for failing schools that Michael G. Contompasis, outgoing superintendent, negotiated with the teachers union this year. Called “superintendent’s schools,” up to 20 struggling schools will have smaller class sizes, cash incentives for teachers, and other extras. But they will also face more demands, such as a longer school day and more teacher training.
Giving more money to unsuccessful schools rarely works unless the schools get new leadership at the same time.
Via Education Gadfly.