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Providence nears maximum for turnaround schools

November 14, 2011

Providence school officials will have to pick a new model for turning around several low performing schools singled out this year by state officials. The district already has four schools using the “transformation model.” State officials say just two more schools can use that model under federal education department rules.

Transformation is generally considered the least intrusive type of school overhaul spelled out in federal regulations. It requires school staff to embrace changes like a longer school day but does not call for immediate teacher firings. So far, the five Rhode Island schools already conducting overhauls have selected that model.

Providence will have to pioneer the use of a different option for at least three schools this year, where state officials say students are not being adequately served. Those options include closing a school down altogether, turning it over to a charter school or firing at least half of the faculty.

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  1. November 14, 2011 5:09 pm

    I’ve not been able to find that federal rule, by the way, nor have I heard of this story from any other state, so I’d be curious to see the rule they’re referring to.

    • November 14, 2011 5:34 pm

      The maximum number of transformation schools is part of the Federal Education Department regulations concerning eligibility for school improvement grants. This is the program which calls for states to identify persistently low performing schools. Once the schools are identified by the state, local districts must select from the federal list of turnaround options. Guidelines on the number of transformation schools allowed are available here:

      Click over to page 62.

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