NC School Board Delays Vote on Wayne County School Takover

What do we do when schools fail?

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina’s statewide school board has delayed a vote on whether it will order a second academically low-performing school to be taken over or closed.

State Board of Education spokesman Drew Elliot said the board voted 7 to 5 to delay a decision until Dec. 6. Some board members wanted more time to build community support and to view additional data.

Carver Heights Elementary School was failing by any measure.

Only about 18 percent of the Goldsboro school’s students were proficient in skills expected at their grade level, the lowest of the six elementary schools that were under takeover consideration.

A local hearing on the school was met with upset parents and school officials. The local school board opposes the move.

I prefer that local communities control local schools, but something drastic has to happen when schools fail.


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