Holyoke parents are worried state will take over schools

Schools in Holyoke have been performing poorly

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HOLYOKE, Mass. (WWLP) – The Massachusetts Education Commissioner is in Holyoke reviewing public schools in the district. Commissioner Mitchell Chester is considering a state takeover because of low performance and MCAS scores.

If passed, that means a third party organization would come in and run the school’s to try and boost grades. Parents fear a state take-over means even more high stakes testing, without additional funding.

Viviana DeJesus of Holyoke told 22News, “If a public school district doesn’t receive the funding necessary to install the curriculum that is necessary and the resources that are necessary for the district then they are going to underperform.”

Superintendent Sergio Paez is hoping for more time to improve scores before the state resorts to a takeover. 22News will continue to follow this story and report when the state makes a decision.

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