Is fresh-start strategy beneficial for schools or degrading to educators?

School officials in Nashville, Tenn., hope to see improvements at five district schools where they have employed a fresh-start strategy, asking teachers and staff to reapply for their positions. While proponents of fresh-starting say it is effective for turning around struggling schools by shaking up leadership and forcing out ineffective educators, others say the strategy is degrading to teachers.

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