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A call to fix or shut Madison Park school

Memo adds pressure on vocational program

Boston’s only vocational school needs to improve quickly or be shut down, replaced by an independent regional vocational school, according to an internal School Department memo obtained by the Globe.The recommendation, one of 27 made by an intervention team, highlights the daunting task the School Department faces in turning around Madison Park Technical Vocational High School in Roxbury, long plagued with poor MCAS scores and low graduation rates despite repeated attempts to fix the problems.

The memo calls for the shutdown to happen in three years, unless the school dramatically improves. Other recommendations focus on steps the School Department should take to try to prevent its closure, such as removing all administrators and admitting only students who are focused on vocational education.

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