School turnarounds are no easy issue in education policy. Balancing student supports, district accountability and long term sustainability pose serious challenges for states looking to take over their lowest performing schools and districts. Dr. Kenneth Wong commented on the Illinois state takeover of two districts, East Saint Louis and North Chicago. Dr. Wong, Professor at Brown University and Chair of the Urban Education Policy program, cautioned those celebrating initial successes in the state takeover by highlighting the need for sustainable supports and an strategy for long term school success.
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