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This booklet examines the need for action to improve the nation's lowest performing public schools, noting the responsibility of teacher unions to participate in the development of workable solutions. Section 1, "Redesigning Low-Performing Schools," discusses reasons for concern, what should be done, and how to implement change. Section 2, "Questions and Answers," discusses why the union supports the redesign or closing of low-performing schools; what are some indicators that a school is low-performing; what are the features of an effective school-redesign process; why low-performing schools should select effective research-based programs; what the union should do to ensure that identified schools effectively implement good programs; and how schools can afford such programs. Section 3, "Background Information," discusses turnaround schools, focusing on what can be done to help struggling schools; the union's responsibility to use tough love when schools do not work; alternative remedies; the effect of teacher and union participation; and systemic improvement. Section 4, "Background Reading," presents suggested reading materials. (SM)

Descriptors: Educational Improvement, Educational Quality, Elementary Secondary Education, Equal Education, Excellence in Education, High Risk Students, Low Income Groups, Poverty, Public Education, Public Schools, Teacher Associations, Teacher Role, Unions

AFT Order Department, 555 New Jersey Avenue, N.W., Washington, DC 20001-2079 (Item 23).

Autor: American Federation of Teachers, Washington, DC.


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