The incoherence of Joel Klein's improvement/disassembly approach in NYC is all too apparent in GothamSchool's summary of the 2009 progress reports for elementary and middle schools. Just read the whole thing.
It is a mess, and these guys won the Broad Prize two years ago, so if they're not doing it right (on their own terms, by their own definitions), who is? That is to say, is fixing schools without closing them the correct answer?
Why shouldn't there be a moratorium on closing any school getting a B or above? Doesn't this prove no additional changes are needed to the contract? Problem solved? Oh wait, actually, all the data we've been collecting is inaccurate, you're still failing. Do-over! See, the schools are really failing, so our plan to close them will still be a success!