Colleges could take over schools in N.Y. city

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Colleges could soon be taking over some of the city's most struggling schools under a new proposal Superintendent Bolgen Vargas presented to the school board on Monday.

The proposal, which needs state approval, would allow the district to enter into contracts with colleges and universities to manage schools within the district, essentially giving them the role of superintendent and asking them to oversee everything from the budget to day-to-day operations. The school board would maintain a role monitoring the school and ensuring the contract and its terms — including goals — are met.

"We have access to many great colleges and universities, with an excellent track record of successful education management," Vargas said. "They can help some of our struggling schools to improve more rapidly, while strengthening the district's focus on managing other schools."

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