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Chronically Underperforming Schools and Districts

John Avery Parker Elementary School (New Bedford)

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On March 24, 2022, Commissioner Riley approved an amendment to the schedule for students and teachers at John Avery Parker School, effective during the 2022-2023 school year. The amendments were incorporated into the turnaround plan.


On August 2, 2021, Commissioner Riley sent the following letter regarding the turnaround plan for the John Avery Parker School.


On July 13, 2021, Commissioner Riley removed the label and reference to "Master Teacher" in chronically underperforming school and district turnaround plans and replaced it with "Expert Teacher."


On July 20, 2020, Commissioner Riley sent the following letter regarding the turnaround plan to the receiver of the school.


On June 29, 2019 the Commissioner approved School & Main Inc.'s request to modify Appendix A of the John Avery Parker Elementary School's turnaround plan.


On November 1, 2018, the Parker plan was updated to reflect the change in receiver.


On April 5, 2018, Acting Commissioner Wulfson named School & Main Institute as receiver for the John Avery Parker School, effective July 1, 2018.


On August 18, 2017, Acting Commissioner Jeff Wulfson pursuant to M.G.L. c. 69, § 1J(w) and 603 CMR 2.00, determined that the John Avery Parker Elementary School in New Bedford will remain in chronically underperforming status (Level 5), and the turnaround plan will be renewed for three years.


On January 15, 2017, Commissioner Chester approved Superintendent Durkin's request to modify the John Avery Parker Elementary School's Turnaround Plan.


On January 6, 2017, Commissioner Chester approved Superintendent Durkin's request to modify the John Avery Parker Elementary School's Turnaround Plan.


On May 19, 2014, the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education heard the appeal made by the New Bedford Educators Association (NBEA) regarding the Parker Turnaround Plan. The Board voted to accept three of NBEA's proposed modifications. Below is the Parker Elementary School Final Level 5 Turnaround Plan, as modified by the Board.


On May 9, 2014, the New Bedford Educators Association (NBEA) filed an appeal regarding the Parker final Level 5 turnaround plan. On May 14, 2014, Commissioner Chester issued a memo to the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE), responding to that appeal. The Board will consider the appeal at its meeting on May 19, 2014.


On April 9, 2014, Commissioner Chester issued his final Level 5 Turnaround Plan for Parker Elementary School. Commissioner Chester has also issued a memo identifying which proposed modifications were incorporated into the final plan.


The statute (M.G.L. c. 69, § 1J(p),) affords the Superintendent, school committee, and Local Stakeholder Group the opportunity to propose modifications to the preliminary Parker turnaround plan. The following modifications were proposed by April 7, 2014.

  • No modifications were proposed by Superintendent Durkin.
  • No modifications were proposed by the New Bedford School Committee.

  • In addition to the modifications the Parker Local Stakeholder Group proposed, the LSG also forwarded the NBEA Recommendations for the Parker School Preliminary Plan

On March 7, 2014, Commissioner Chester released the preliminary Level 5 turnaround plan for John Avery Parker Elementary School.


On January 29, 2014, Commissioner Chester announced that New Bedford Superintendent Pia Durkin will implement the turnaround plan at Parker Elementary School. The Commissioner will provide Superintendent Durkin with additional autonomies to oversee the turnaround work. More information about New Bedford Public Schools can be found on the district's web site: New Bedford Public Schools

Additional documents related to Parker's Chronically Underperforming status:


Last Updated: September 21, 2022

 
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