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On The Threshold Of Greatness

On The Threshold Of Greatness

Days before Dr. Gregory Thornton started his new job as CEO of Baltimore City Public Schools in July, the Baltimore Teachers Union filed a class-action grievance over teacher evaluations.

In his first year on the job, he has to contend with ongoing controversy around the new Common Core standards, now in their second year, and the first year of a new statewide testing regime aligned with the Core: PARCC (Partnership for Assessment for Readiness for College and Careers).

During the same week that we sat down for an hour-long talk about the challenges facing city schools, he was questioned about a new report from the nonprofit Fund for Education Excellence...