My biggest concern with the article (in the Times Union about turning around schools that don't perform well on standardized tests) is the piece about plans to fire principals and half the staff at the "focus" schools. I work at one of those schools and I am beyond frustrated. This is the seventh week of school and ELA teachers still don't have most of the novels they were promised and there is a severe shortage of SRA materials. Not to mention all of the time that has been spent testing between IOWA, CGA's, district timed writing, etc. Are these things going to be taken into account when they decide to take away jobs? I doubt it.
The problem is, when you set people up to fail they usually do and that sounds like what is happening in at least one of our focus schools.