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Cuomo Requests Analysis of Massachusetts' School...

Cuomo Requests Analysis of Massachusetts' School Takeovers
Governor Cuomo eyes the Massachusetts school program

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is asking state education officials to do a detailed analysis of Massachusetts' takeover program for failing public schools to determine the specific measures making it successful.

In a letter to Education Chancellor Merryl Tisch, the governor's office cites 178 failing schools in New York, including 77 that have been failing for a decade with more than 250,000 students attending over that time.

Jim Malatras, Cuomo's director of state operations, writes that given the preliminary success with the Massachusetts receivership model, a similar approach "could be transformative" here.

He says the governor has adopted Tisch's recommendation and proposed a law based on that model with a provision that the failing schools become "community schools" with other "wraparound" services.