House gives final passage to school assistance bill

[private]The House gave final passage Tuesday to legislation (HB 338) that will authorize the governor to intervene in trying to improve the state’s lowest-performing public schools.

House members voted 133-36 to agree with changes made to the bill by the Senate and send the measure to the governor for his signature.

HB 338 will authorize the appointment of a “chief turnaround officer” (CTO) who answers to the state Board of Education, which is appointed by the governor. The CTO would recruit turnaround coaches to try to upgrade a school’s performance.

The bill provides that for-profit companies will not be allowed to take over the operation of a school – only non-profits can do that.

HB 338 is less far-reaching than the school takeover bill rejected by the state’s voters last November.

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Tags: low performing schools , state intervention