Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Union could run Syracuse school

Posted By on Wed, May 14, 2014 at 9:35 AM

The Syracuse school district is seriously considering one of the least-used options the State Education Department offers school officials to fix failing schools: charter conversion, according to an article on Syracuse.com.

And the Syracuse teachers union would run the school, which is even more unusual.

The SED gives school districts a limited set of options when it comes to turning around persistently low-performing schools: close the school, open a new school and close the low performing school, convert the school to a charter, partner with a college or university to manage the school, or turn the school over to SUNY to manage.

If Syracuse goes forward with the charter conversion for Delaware Elementary, it would become the seventh school in the state to convert to a charter. And it would only be the second school in New York to be managed by a teachers union.

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