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State taps three nonprofits to turn around schools

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Massachusetts education officials, as they prepare to take over four schools in Boston, Holyoke, and New Bedford, have selected three nonprofits and a superintendent with records of boosting student achievement as receivers, under a first-of-a-kind experiment in Massachusetts, officials said Wednesday.

In Boston, the state will tap two nonprofits that already have working relationships with the city’s school system: Unlocking Potential and Blueprint Schools Network.

Unlocking Potential, which specializes in turning around persistently failing schools under the brand name UP Academy, will operate the Holland Elementary School in Dorchester. Blueprint Schools will oversee the Dever Elementary also in Dorchester.

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