BOSTON -- The Massachusetts Board of Elementary and Secondary Education voted Tuesday to declare Southbridge schools "chronically underperforming" and place the district in state receivership.
At a meeting in Roxbury, board members voted 9-0 in favor of the move, with one abstention.
Education Commissioner Mitchell Chester said low academic performance, large achievement gaps and constant leadership turnover have left the south-central Massachusetts district in need of state intervention.
"In the past five or so years, they've had seven different superintendents, seven different high school principals," said Chester, who had recommended receivership. "We can do better than Southbridge has been doing. With the receivership authority we have the tools and the ability to do better. " Read More →