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Article posted: 2/3/2013 5:52 PM

School turnarounds prompt community backlash

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Parents, teachers and students of Crenshaw High School protest at a board meeting of the Los Angeles Unified School District headquarters to try to stop the conversion of the school to a magnet program Jan. 15. A backlash against drastic school reforms is growing across the nation.


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The federal government's push for drastic reforms at chronically low achieving schools has led to takeovers by charter operators, overhauls of staff and curriculum, and even school shutdowns across the country. It's also generated a growing backlash among the mostly low-income, minority communities where some see the reforms as civil rights violations since turnaround efforts primarily affect black and Latino students.
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