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Document Number: 6083

Policy Options for Interventions in Failing Schools - This paper evaluates existing responses to school failure and provides recommendations for improved interventions in failing public schools. The paper contains a theory and literature review followed by case studies of school interventions in New Zealand and in low-performing public schools in California. Policy recommendations for schools in general and public schools in California in particular are discussed starting on page 144. By instituting "new accountability" and parental choice, automatic responses to failing schools are expected to work across entire school systems. The author recommends that interventions be specifically designed for the failure they are meant to correct, as automatic responses fail to work across entire systems. Additionally, the government, or its designated agency, should be prepared to initiate interventions without time limits in persistently failing schools. (Connor P. Spreng, RAND, 2005)...

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