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How one urban high school climbed from worst to first — and taught Boston some key lessons about reform

The Hechinger Report – Tommy Chang and Laura Perille

“School improvement takes time. That was the message from U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan’s speech last month when he visited the Jeremiah E. Burke High School in Dorchester, Massachusetts. Four years ago, Jeremiah Burke was designated one of the worst schools in the state. It jettisoned its “underperforming” label three years later, the first high school in Massachusetts to do so. This fall, the school won the Thomas W. Payzant School on the Move prize. The prize is awarded annually to recognize Boston’s most-improved school. The lessons that the Boston education community has learned in ten years of giving out this $100,000 award underscore Secy. Duncan’s sentiments about time. School improvement is a marathon, not a sprint.”(more)

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