"Whether we agree or disagree, this is the law," said Michael Paolino, principal of Albany's Hackett Middle School, on New York's persistently struggling list.
The school, Paolino
said, already has increased tutoring and professional development and implemented other strategies expected under receivership, he
sees the state's expectations for his
school as ones he
would strive for with or without receivership.
Nevertheless, "we have to play by the rules and we have to meet the criteria of those rules, and I think we're embracing that both as a building and as a district," Paolino
Lisa Griffith's son will begin his
junior year at Buffalo's Lafayette High School
, on the struggling list.
said an influx of refugee children and their language difficulties are a big reason for students' overall low academic scores and sees receivership, which includes a call for community involvement, as a chance to tailor instruction and services to the school's needs.
"Our kids are good kids," she
"They're not failures."