Today's Scott Lehigh column in the Globe sounded the opening bars of what's clearly going to be a push from the ed reformers: Third Way Ed is back. This is building on the Springfield Empowerment Zone (side note: has anyone seen actual results from that?), which, having now added Commerce High to it, is clearly a preferred option to the Commissioner.
Calling such institutions "empowerment zones" is rather like calling subdivisions "Forest Way," in that it represents what isn't there. The first thing that happens with an empowerment zone, after all, is the school committee votes to surrender its authority to a board elected by, and representing, no one.
Consider this a warning. As always, you aren't going to see this happen in the suburbs.