When choosing among the eight "alternative governance" options available for restructuring chronically failing schools, Maryland districts tended to take the least radical -- and least effective -- path of bringing in turnaround specialists, according to a Center on Education Policy report. New Prince George's County, Md., schools chief John E. Deasy says many of the turnaround specialists assigned last school year to two dozen failing schools in his district didn't devote enough time to the job.

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