Restart Schools Approved For Several Districts, Amended In Others
School districts across the state continue to seek charter-like flexibility for low-performing schools under the state’s “restart” provision, which allows districts to try non-traditional approaches in schools that have been low performing for two of the past three years. Board members approved plans to allow eight schools in four districts to operate as restart schools beginning in the fall. Schools in the program have leeway similar to charter schools in decisions related to calendars, expenditures and personnel. At the request of Durham schools, the board rescinded previously approved restart applications for 12 schools and for Rowan-Salisbury schools, delayed implementation of restart models this fall in 13 schools to allow for a year of planning.