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State receivership recommended for schools

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State Education Commissioner Mitchell Chester is recommending that Holyoke Public Schools be put into state receivership. Chester pointed to what he called the ‘‘persistent and pervasive’’ underperformance of the schools. He said only one in three students is reading at grade level. Chester told the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education Tuesday that he will ask for a vote to authorize state receivership later this spring. That vote will come after a public hearing. Massachusetts Teachers Association President Barbara Madeloni said receivership is a bad idea. She said the Holyoke schools are moving in the right direction and receivership is a ‘‘drastic and disruptive action.’’ (AP)