The Anatomy of a State Takeover
States do not take over schools overnight or because of one round of poor test scores. Many states have policies where schools cannot be touched until they have been on probation for a long period of time, and their test scores have not improved significantly during that time. In most of the states explored in this article, school districts had as much as six years to turn around their academic achievement before the state government considered getting involved in the process. However, even when schools have adequate time to reverse their poor performance levels, state takeovers of schools are not considered lightly, and they are not readily accepted by many parents, students, educators and lawmakers.