“I’m really supportive of getting experts involved, making sure that we’re really digging in and understanding all of our options,” said Grosso, who plans to send one of his staff members to sit in on regular meetings with the lawyers.
Grosso did not commit to supporting whatever proposal comes of the work, citing his concern about “heavy-handed testing and teacher accountability measures.”
Catania is interested in setting school “transformation triggers” — performance targets including test scores and other measures that, if not met, could result in a school closure, staff replacement or a takeover by a charter operator.
Besides writing new legislation, Catania also wants to weed out statutes and regulations that have become outdated or burdensome. One prime target for repeal: a measure that prohibits schools from holding back most students, which Catania says dooms children to failure, forcing schools to promote them to the next grade when they aren’t ready.