Dropout factories need to be shut down.
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The better solution can be found among reform-minded districts such as New York City, Washington, D.C., and even Duncan’s own Chicago, which have taken the strongest steps to overhauling themselves: Shutting down dropout factories, embracing charter schools, opening higher-quality traditional schools, improving teacher quality, incorporating data-driven decision-making of the kind usually found at Google, and allowing school principals to hire and remove laggard teachers.
New York City has shut down 91 dropout factories since 2002 (which were replaced by charters and new, higher-quality traditional schools). This included Evander Childs, a notorious high school where gunplay was nearly as prevalent as the pervasive culture of academic failure. Thanks to the shutdowns, along with new schools with stronger teaching and curricula, New York City’s graduation rate has increased from a bottom-barrel 37 percent to a (slightly less atrocious) 50 percent. Declared John Thomases, an official with the New York City Department of Education : “You have to change the system in order to improve the school.”
After all, companies that fail shut down all the time. Why shouldn’t failing schools?
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