The administration’s turnaround models for the bottom 5 percent of schools are too rigid and punitive, argues Rep. Judy Chu, D-California. Her plan would give schools more flexibility to shape their own solutions. National Journal’s Education Experts debate flexibility vs. toughness.
Tom Vander Ark of Revolution Learning:
We’re talking about the worst schools in the country that have been on a Needs Improvement list for most of a decade. They’ve had years of flexibility, they should be closed and replaced.
Diane Ravitch thinks Chu’s plan is a lot better than Arne Duncan’s.