Isn’t all this concern about the mixed quality of school turnaround providers somewhat decontextualized? Is there any issue in education from publishing to professional development to online and tech where there is not a high variance in quality among providers and an inability in many states and school districts to make good quality-based decisions (as well as a chronic lack of tools for doing so)? In other words, any big dollop of federal money would shine a light on this problem regardless of the specific issue it was targeted to, we just happen to be focused on turnarounds right now.
Related, I’m less concerned about the federal turnaround grants moving too fast or slow (seems like some of both overall) than about what’s actually happening as a result, which so far seems a mixed bag at best.
Update: Justin Cohen on the same issue.