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Accountability--Sanctions/InterventionsTakeoversPros & Cons
 
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 TAKEOVERS
 
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Accountability--Sanctions/Interventions
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Governance--Local/Mayoral Takeovers


Pros

According to proponents, state takeovers:

  • Are a necessary extension of a state's constitutional responsibilities.

  • Provide a good opportunity for state and local decision-makers to combine resources and knowledge to improve children's learning.

  • Allow a competent executive staff to guide an uninterrupted and effective implementation of school improvement efforts.

  • Are a catalyst for creating the right environment for the community to address a school district's problems.

  • Allow for more radical, and necessary, changes in low-performing school districts.

  • Place school boards on notice that personal agendas, nepotism and public bickering have severe consequences.

  • Use achievement data collected from school districts and schools to bolster accountability efforts.
Cons

According to opponents, state takeovers:

  • Represent a thinly veiled attempt to reduce local control over schools and increase state authority over school districts.

  • Imply that the community has the problems and the state has the answers, and thus falsely assume that states have the ability to effectively run school districts.

  • Place poorly prepared state-selected officials in charge, with little possibility of any meaningful change occurring in the classroom.

  • Use narrow learning measures (i.e., standardized test scores) as the primary criterion for takeover decisions.

  • Usually focus on cleaning up petty corruption and incompetent administration and do not go to the root of the social problems facing disadvantaged students in urban school districts.

  • Foster negative connotations and impressions that hinder the self-esteem of school board members, administrators, teachers, students and parents.

  • Produce showdowns between state and local officials that slow the overhaul of management practices, drain resources from educational reforms and reinforce community resentments.


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