Document Number: 9149Are Bad Schools Immortal? The Scarcity of Turnarounds and Shutdowns in Both Charter and District Sectors - This study finds that low-performing public schools are re stubbornly resistant to significant change. The author identified over 2,000 low-performing charter and district schools across 10 states, from 2003-04 through 2008-09 to determine how many were turned around, shut down, or remained low-performing. Results were generally dismal. Seventy-two percent of the original low-performing charters remained in operation—and remained low-performing—five years later. So did 80% of district schools. (David Stuit, Thomas B. Fordham Institute, December 2010)...
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