Washington, D.C., may hire educational management firms or universities to run some or all 27 schools whose students chronically perform poorly. Schools Chancellor Michelle Rhee says she has entered discussions with several nonprofit businesses and universities to work with the schools in the fall.
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EARLIER: Dramatic changes have been proposed this fall for 27 Washington, D.C., schools that have missed reading and math targets for at least five consecutive years schools this fall. Among the proposals: Students at six elementary schools would get scripted lessons, dictating what teachers should say and how the class should respond. In 11 middle schools, students would spend evening, weekend and summer hours in classrooms, and those who are over-age for their class would be placed in a special program. Students at 10 senior highs would select one of three self-contained, career-themed schools-within-a-school in the buildings, each with separate principals and staffs.