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State To Take Over Four Struggling Schools, Including One In Holyoke

The Massachusetts Education Commissioner has acted for the first time to put several failing schools into state receivership.

   One of the four schools being taken over by the state is the Morgan Community School- a K through 8th grade school in Holyoke. The others are in Boston and New Bedford.   Commissioner Mitchell Chester said the four were among 35 schools identified as underperforming in 2010 and given three years to turn around.

   The commissioner’s announcement Wednesday triggers a planning process, which will include the naming of a receiver to run the schools.  A turnaround plan, which could include wholesale changes in staffing at the schools, won’t be fully implemented until next September.

Paul Tuthill is WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief. He’s been covering news, everything from politics and government corruption to natural disasters and the arts, in western Massachusetts since 2007. Before joining WAMC, Paul was a reporter and anchor at WRKO in Boston. He was news director for more than a decade at WTAG in Worcester. Paul has won more than two dozen Associated Press Broadcast Awards. He won an Edward R. Murrow award for reporting on veterans’ healthcare for WAMC in 2011. Born and raised in western New York, Paul did his first radio reporting while he was a student at the University of Rochester.