In May, the Connecticut General Assembly officially established a “Commissioner’s Network” to turn around the state’s lowest-performing schools. Modeled after turnaround efforts in places like New York City, Louisiana, Tennessee, and Michigan, the Commissioner’s Network was created to identify those schools in most need of turnaround and reconstitute them under the oversight of the Connecticut Commissioner of Education.
The Nutmeg State hasn’t wasted any time getting this up and running. The Commissioner’s Network was signed into law at the end of May. Last week, the Connecticut State Board of Education accepted the first four schools into the new network (the law allows for up to 25 schools at any given time).
Over at CT News Junkie, Eduflack has a commentary on the significant of these first four schools and the road ahead for school turnaround in the Constitution State. This reflection includes:
It is refreshing to see such out-of-the-box thinking, particularly from a state known as “The Land of Steady Habits.” But let there be no mistake. The hard work begins now. Establishing these reconstituted Commissioner’s Network schools is but the first step. Now, educators and administrators in these four schools, as well as those that will follow, have to make good on the promise and do whatever is necessary to break the cycles of failure and get all kids learning.