April 30, 2024 11:11 am

Tennessee’s Failed School Takeover Experiment May Finally Shut Down

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The Achievement School District grew out of the very 2011 notion that the way to rescue schools was to put them in the hands of a superstar CEO, reflecting the philosophy that gifted and committed outsiders (a la Teach For America) could, if allowed unencumbered autonomy, achieve remarkable gains where the entrenched insiders could not. The notion of fixing schools by having them taken over by talented outsiders has enjoyed bipartisan popularity, but has rarely demonstrated any actual success.

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