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High Expectations

Lessons From One Boston School's Rise From 'Worst to First'

Boston Public Schools Superintendent Tommy Chang and Laura Perille, president and CEO of Edvestors, have co-authored a piece for The Hechinger Report about the remarkable turnaround of the Jeremiah Burke High School in Dorchester, MA. The school is the most recent recipient of the $100,000 Thomas W. Payzant School on the Move prize because of its incredible rise from "worst to first" -- Chang and Perille focus on the lessons learned from this school's transformation about what it takes to successfully transform a school. No doubt, the lessons they cite are important for all cities working to dramatically improve their schools and for anyone serious about reforming education in ways that actually work.
It is this foundation that prompted the Boston Public Schools to position first the value statement that every student can and must achieve at high levels. This belief must be the fundamental value of every adult working in and around our schools for success to take hold across the system.

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