Mass Live – “It’s much too early to judge results from Springfield’s in-house attempt at lifting middle school performance, but not too early to root for its success.

If the city’s Empowerment Zone strategy
 succeeds, it could serve as a model for other urban areas who don’t want state takeover by receivership, but must come to terms that outdated standards and practices no longer work.

More importantly, it would benefit Springfield students who need and deserve a better, more creative direction in their middle schools.”

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