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Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Failing Schools Face Changes

Thousands of Failing Schools Face Major Overhaul

NEW YORK (AP) -- The scarlet letter in education these days is an "R."

It stands for restructuring -- the purgatory that schools are pushed into if they fail to meet testing goals for six straight years under the No Child Left Behind law.

Nationwide, about 2,300 schools are either in restructuring or are a year away and planning for such drastic action as firing the principal and moving many of the teachers, according to a database provided to The Associated Press by the Education Department. Those schools are being warily eyed by educators elsewhere as the law's consequences begin to hit home.

Schools fall into this category after smaller changes, such as offering tutoring, fall short. The effort is supposed to amount to a major makeover, and it has created a sense of urgency that in some schools verges on desperation.

"This is life and death," says John Deasy, superintendent of schools in Prince George's County, Maryland, where several schools are coming face-to-face with the consequences of President Bush's signature education law. "This is very high-stakes work."

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