Troubled Schools Get Unique Attention: Boston Globe

This is one way to fix troubled schools that are a nano-second shy of a state takeover: longer school days and smaller classes. It’s happening right now in Boston. See this Boston Globe article.

An excerpt: Nine Boston Public schools at risk of being taken over by the state will have smaller classes and longer hours during the next school year under an improvement plan announced yesterday by Superintendent Michael G. Contompasis.

    The $10 million initiative calls for each of the schools to have an extra hour of instruction every day beginning in September, a full-time “family and community outrach coordinator” and a maximum class size of two fewer students, officials said.

    Seventy-five percent of the schools’ vacancies will be filled at the sole discretion of their principals, Contompasis said. Teachers currently in those schools may request transfers to other schools for the 2007-2008 academic year, he said. But those who choose to stay will receive salary incentives of up to 5 percent and 20 additional hours of professional development.

E.C. 🙂

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