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British-Based Company Working To Turn Around Failing Schools

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. - The Metro-Nashville school board is learning how a consulting company based in England plans to turn around Nashville's failing schools.

The district will use federal money to pay Tribal Group $6.3 million.

Since July 1, Tribal Group has talked to 300 teachers and school leaders. They plan to be in schools almost every day during this first semester.

The project leaders made it very clear that they are not here just to take over and make sweeping changes.

Their approach involves buy-in from everyone who will be affected including school staff, students and parents.

They will use data, like test scores, and feedback to chart their progress.

The goal is to simply determine what's working, replicate it in every school and find new ways to change what's not.

Changes are underway as soon as people start talking about what they'd like to see in their schools, and what their aspirations for students are," said Alan Coverstone with Metro Nashville Public Schools. "Building that culture starts to change immediately, and the planning process will carry out the first semester and the first part of the second semester before the cycle begins again. And we hope to grow."

This is the Tribal Groups first main U.S. client.

The board approved a five year contract. Project leaders promised periodic reports to chart their progress.

In the end, success will be measured by the ability of these 33 low performing schools to turn around.

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