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Easy Way Out -- "Restructured" Usually Means Little Has Changed - While many schools have been identified as needing improvement under No Child Left Behind, only a small percentage have failed to make progress for long enough -- six years -- to be subject to restructuring. In 2005-06, there were some 1,750 schools in 42 states facing this level of sanction. Few of these schools, however, underwent the most drastic restructuring options -- conversion to a charter school, state takeover, or contracting with a private management company to operate the school. Most schools opted for the "other major restructuring" option. In some cases, more radical reforms might not be the most appropriate or effective approach, suggests the author of this policy brief. (Sara Mead, Education Next, Winter 2007)...

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