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Why One School Lives as Another Dies in the Same Building

In New York City, two schools teach children from poor families, including large numbers of recent immigrants. Both are in the de Blasio administration’s Renewal program, which has provided nearly $400 million in social services and academic assistance to the city’s most struggling schools. At both, the percentage of children who pass the English and math exams each year is in the single digits or low double digits. But decisive leadership can make or break a school’s turnaround efforts.