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Lagging schools in Mass. take on partners

Nonprofits’ skills may help avert state takeovers

Boston and three other Massachusetts cities, in an attempt to stave off a state takeover of underperforming schools, are turning to nonprofit partners to jump-start flagging overhaul efforts.

Eight schools in Boston, Fall River, Holyoke, and Springfield are facing the prospect of a takeover. All of them — including the long-troubled English High School in Boston — are heeding strong suggestions by state officials and bringing in a nonprofit partner.

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