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State receiver embarks on historic mission to transform Lawrence's failed school system

State receiver embarks on historic mission...
Eagle Tribune
Thursday, January 12, 2012

State receiver embarks on historic mission to transform Lawrence's failed school system

LAWRENCE — Lawrence Public Schools made history yesterday when the troubled district became the first to be placed into receivership by the state. But the school system will make even bigger history if the receiver's turnaround plan works, something that may take years.

Calling it "a great day," state Elementary and Secondary Education Commissioner Mitchell Chester introduced the receiver he has appointed to oversee what is hoped will be a transformation of the failed school system. Chester said the hiring of a Boston educator Jeffrey C. Riley, 40, to run Lawrence schools was an unprecedented response to the problems of a chronically underperforming public school system. Read article...

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