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SPRINGFIELD — There was no finger-pointing here two years ago when state education officials threatened to take over three chronically low-achieving middle schools. Administrators and teachers knew students were not well served and the schools needed to change.

But the mayor, superintendent, and the teachers union president did not welcome receivership. Instead, working with state officials, they crafted a first-of-its-kind plan for a Massachusetts school system that spun off the middle schools into what effectively is their own miniature school system.

Now that effort, the Springfield Empowerment Zone Partnership , is gaining attention from state leaders and local educators across Massachusetts as a fresh way to potentially turn around the most persistently failing schools.

Springfield district provides hope for new phase of ed reform

By James Vaznis Globe Staff,February 4, 2017, 6:25 p.m.

The Boston Globe