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In 2011, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts took over the public school system in Lawrence, the state’s poorest city, where nearly half of all students were failing to graduate on time and achievement scores were among the lowest in the state. The objective was bold: to use the broad powers of a newly enacted state law to turn around a “chronically underperforming” system and create a new model for education reform with empowered schools at the center. Today, the dramatic turnaround in Lawrence— created with an “open architecture” framework for school-by-school transformation—has begun to yield positive results.