In part 4 of our serial coverage, the verdict on Land’s year and the surprising conclusion of “Turnaround Specialist”.
“Turnaround Specialist,” is the dramatic story of one man’s effort to fix a failing middle school in Richmond, Virginia. Parke Land is one of two dozen veteran public school principals selected for two weeks of business school training and then assigned to some of the state’s toughest schools.
When Parke Land signed up to become a “Turnaround Specialist” in Virginia’s highly-touted school reform program, he promised to transform Boushall Middle School, the troubled school to which he was assigned. Land envisioned turning Boushall into a school full of joy and, by year’s end, predicted passing scores on Virginia’s state test. Were Land’s promises fulfilled and his visions realized?
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