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State to Take Control of Holyoke’s Morgan School

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(WGGB) – A decision announced by the state Wednesday has a Holyoke school facing state oversight.

Holyoke’s Morgan School joins two schools in Boston and one school in New Bedford as officially classified Wednesday as ‘Level 5’, or chronically underperforming.

The designation, which comes after a public hearing earlier this month, triggers a state governance of the school.

Morgan School had been designated as a ‘Level 4’- or underperforming – school in 2010, and was given three years to improve its performance under their own turnaround plan.

After the state announced in September that standardized test scores didn’t show enough improvement, Mass. Elementary and Secondary Education Commissioner Mitchell Chester recommended that Morgan be deemed ‘Level 5’ in September, but the final decision on the school’s status would come only after a public hearing was held.

Chester will now convene a local stakeholder group within 30 days, make a turnaround plan, direct the Superintendent of Schools or an appointed receiver to implement the plan, and evaluate the school at least once a year.

“While the educators and students in these schools have been working hard, these are schools that can and should be doing better. The authorities and tools provided in the Achievement Gap Act will allow me to implement managerial and operational changes at these schools necessary to rapidly improve outcomes for all students,” Chester explains in a statement.

Until Chester comes up with a turnaround plan, Morgan School and the others designated as ‘Level 5’ will continue to operate under their current ‘Level 4’ plans.

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  • bmc119

    It appears that the State Phonies purport to have access to the magic formula for educational success. If this is so , why have they not imparted their wisdom to the educational staffs who are tenaciously attempting to overcome the ignorance and apathy that has been the educational legacy of Holyoke for the past three decades. You can throw all the money and hollow resources at the problem until both are exhausted. The only true solution to the problem lays in Student/Parent commitment and motivation toward academic achievement. Ignorance can be overcome, but stupidity persists in spite of all good efforts If the State does in fact take over the school, history will repeat and they will vanish into the halls of bureaucracy once they realize their own level of incompetence