The historic and once controversial management of the Chelsea public school system by Boston University is over as of Tuesday. Even some of those who opposed the deal 20-years ago now applaud BU for some of its accomplishments in Chelsea, such as new buildings, new academic programs, and a higher graduation rate. Now that the school system is again under local control, Superintendent of Schools Tom Kingston says improvements will continue.
Despite the improvements, though, Chelsea officials stress the system still faces many challenges common to urban districts, including a high student turnover rate.
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