While State Commissioner of Education Mitchell Chester and the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education have invited Lawrence residents to a hearing to give their thoughts on a possible state takeover of city’s schools, many think that the “takeover” is already a done deal. The hearing is scheduled for this evening in Malden. In today’s Eagle Tribune writer Alex Bloom notes comments from current and incoming school committee members and the teachers union president that indicate their concern on the one hand of the need for some intervention but on the other that the process might be too speedy.
Will Mitchell make the takeover recommendation to the Board? Bloom tells readers that he indicated so in a recent memo and what the fall-out would be:
“On November 29, I likely will recommend that you declare the Lawrence Public Schools a Level 5 (“chronically underperforming”) district,” state education commissioner Mitchell Chester said in the first sentence of a memo last week to his board members.
The recommendation would give the state’s 11-member Board of Elementary and Secondary Education guidance on what to do about the city’s failing public schools. The board will vote tomorrow morning on the designating Lawrence as “chronically underperforming,” giving Chester the power to install a receiver to takeover the city’s school system. The move strips the city’s School Committee of its authority to govern.
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