Race to the Top update (with credit due to the State of Ohio Education Blog) for staying on top of doings at the Ohio Department of Education re: federal stimulus. The state has released its list of the poorest performing schools that are eligible for school improvement grants under Obama's competitive Race to the Top stimulus program to fund school reforms. The Akron Opportunity Center and the Akron Digital Academy are listed in the first tier, which means they will have to implement one of four improvement models:
The Turnaround Model replaces the principal and rehires no more than 50 percent of the staff. The new principal is giving operational flexibility in staffing, school calendar and budgeting to implement acomprehensive approach to improving student outcomes.
The Restart Model converts a school or closes and reopens a school under a charter school operator, a charter management organization or educational management organization that has been selected through a review process.
The School Closure Model closes the school. Students who attended the closed school are enrolled in higher achieving schools within the district.
The Transformation Model implements each of the following strategies:
• Replace the principal and work to increase teacher and school leader effectiveness;
• Institute comprehensive instructional reforms;
• Increase learning time and create community?oriented schools; and
• Provide operational flexibility and sustained support.