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In Lawrence, relief and regret

Parents, teachers, and city officials see state’s takeover of the troubled schools as a chance to change course

A parent escorts her child to Arlington Elementary School in Lawrence. Mayor William Lantigua said “the process’’ failed the students. A parent escorts her child to Arlington Elementary School in Lawrence. Mayor William Lantigua said “the process’’ failed the students. (Winslow Townson for The Boston Globe)
By Brian MacQuarrie
Globe Staff / December 4, 2011
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The drastic move in a 13,000-student system with the state’s worst graduation rate has been greeted with a mixture of relief and regret in a poor city whose leadership, both at City Hall and in the schools, has been tainted by scandal. The act also has unleashed a bitter wave of recrimination and finger-pointing about where the blame lies for this latest blow to Lawrence’s battered reputation.

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