QOD: Mike Petrelli on NJ’s Takeover of Camden Public Schools

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Petrelli, of the Hoover Institute and the Fordham Foundation, considers the limitations  of  the Christie Administration’s intercession:

I can understand the impulse behind these state takeovers and I can understand the commissioner, (Chris) Cerf, who I respect tremendously, felt like he had to do something because the situation in Camden is so bad. What the evidence shows is most state takeovers have not led to dramatic increases in student achievement…

It’s hard to find a district where the academic performance has been improved and I think that’s because it’s the way state takeovers have worked. As dramatic as it sounds, it really hasn’t been a dramatic intervention. You remove a school board, but you have the school bureaucracy report through this superintendent to the state, but the bureaucracy is still there with all of its problems, the teacher union contract is still in place. The facts on the ground haven’t changed a whole lot.

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3 Comments

  • kallikak, April 12, 2013 @ 2:17 pm Reply

    Freudian slip: so it's the teachers' union contract that's at fault for under-performing schools?

    How is it that similar contracts exist in high-performing districts?

    Anyone???

  • An Educational Enthusiast, April 12, 2013 @ 3:32 pm Reply

    Maybe they think LIFO is the root of this evil.

  • kallikak, April 12, 2013 @ 11:20 pm Reply

    Actually, they care less about performance and more about COST.

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