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Restruct-a-tron
                                                                         Does the law’s

                                                                         great big machine

                                                                         for overhauling
                        Schools that fail to
                        make Adequate Yearly
                                                                         schools produce
                        Progress for six consec-
                        utive years are subject
                                                                         anything worthwhile?
                        to the accountability
                        provisions of No Child Left Behind. The restructuring options
                        prescribed by law include strong measures, such as turning fail-
                        ing schools into charter schools or allowing the state to take
                        them over. But some of the options amount to little more
                        than revising the administrative staff. Sara Mead examines the
                        sparsely populated restructuring landscape and reports that
                        most locales are opting for the easy way out. Nelson Smith
                        explains why, if failing district schools are to reopen and
                        become successful charter schools, they need first to close.


                        The Easy Way Out by Sara Mead                           . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .52


                        Charters as a Solution? by Nelson Smith . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .57




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