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LOS ANGELES — Four years ago, Francis Parkman Middle School was spiraling downward with plummeting enrollment, abysmal test scores and notoriety for unruliness. Then teachers stepped out of the classroom and took charge of the school.

“The current system constrains teachers quite significantly – teachers are one stop on the assembly line,” said Tim McDonald, associate at Education Evolving, an education-reform nonprofit. “It’s the system that’s causing the failure, not the teachers.” Go to the original…



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