N Carolina school board may OK takeover 2nd lagging school

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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina's statewide school board could order a second academically low-performing school to be taken away from local control and turned over to hired school operators or be closed.

The State Board of Education is scheduled to vote Thursday on whether Wayne County school leaders must turn over or shut down Carver Heights Elementary School starting next year.

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. The rural, 3rd- through 5th-grade school scored in the bottom 5 percent statewide last year.

A state takeover could mean replacing teachers and administrators. Parents and local school officials are resisting losing control.

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