North Carolina school board delays vote on school takeover

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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.

The board is considering 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.

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

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