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Lawrence schools need overhaul, and union shouldn’t have veto power

There’s finally some hope for Lawrence’s perpetually troubled schools. The state, which pays close to 90 percent of school costs there, has taken over the district; Jeff Riley, who has proved his mettle in other education reform efforts, has been appointed to lead the turnaround; Riley has developed a bold plan that, in June, was approved by Commissioner of Education Mitchell Chester.

That plan calls for two existing schools (one elementary, one middle) to be managed by successful charter school operators; for another charter operator to bring its tutoring program into two high schools; and for the creation of a new academy for at-risk students. School days would be longer, and principals would have broad powers to select their faculties.

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