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Mass. moves to take over 4 failing schools

October 31, 2013

BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts has moved to take over four failing public schools in the state.

Education Commissioner Mitchell Chester says the schools have been moved from a Level 4 “underperforming” designation to Level 5 “chronically underperforming.” The change triggers a requirement for the state to take over governance of the schools and create a turnaround plan to improve student achievement.

The four schools are the Dever Elementary School in Boston; the Holland Elementary School in Boston; the Morgan Full Service Community School in Holyoke; and the John Avery Parker Elementary School in New Bedford.

Chester said in a statement that while students and teachers have been working hard, the schools have failed to make significant improvement over the past three years, and “can and should be doing better.”

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