Turning around a high poverty, troubled school
My colleague, Erica Green, wrote yesterday about Gilmor Elementary, and the city school system's failed attempts to improve it after the board severed ties with Edison, an outside company that had operated the school for many years.
Gilmor has been one of the lowest performing and highest poverty schools in the city for more than a decade. I can remember visiting on the first day of school years ago when the line of parents standing to register their children was long and moving slowly. There was in that line a palpable sense of discouragement and frustration.
The system will try again this year, but studies and experience have shown that just firing all the staff doesn't work.