State Official Temporarily Takes Charge Of Lawrence Schools

View Comments
(Photo by Chris Hondros/Newsmakers)

(Photo by Chris Hondros/Newsmakers)

BOSTON (AP) — State Education Commissioner Mitchell Chester plans to temporarily take charge of the Lawrence public schools on Jan. 1 while he continues to look for a receiver to run the troubled system.

The Massachusetts Board of Education approved a state takeover of the city’s schools last month, citing chronic declines in student performance, a low graduation rate and poor management.

Chester said Tuesday that he will not be able to meet his original goal of selecting a receiver by Jan. 1 to oversee the schools, so he plans to assume the powers of the receiver for a “limited timeframe” after the first of the year. Those duties would include appointing people to carry out the day-to-day functions of the school department and signing off on any major decisions.

Copyright 2011 The Associated Press.

View Comments
blog comments powered by Disqus

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 3,441 other followers