Turning Around a School from Within


When a charter school replaces a traditional public school, there’s often a house cleaning of existing teachers, administrators and even students. But Green Dot, a non-profit charter-school management organization based in Los Angeles, works with existing teachers’ unions when it tries to turn around failing schools. This week we speak with the author of a new book that documents a Green Dot turnaround in one of L.A.’s toughest neighborhoods.

Guest: Alexander Russo, author of Stray Dogs, Saints, and Saviors: Fighting for the Soul of America’s Toughest High School and author of the This Week in Education blog.