Twenty Missouri schools have been put on a list that could lead to them being told to shape up – or else. These 20 schools are mostly middle schools, junior highs, and high schools. They are considered “concerned schools,” schools the State Education Department thinks might be slipping into an even worse category “academically deficient.” Their new designation means the state will send in a ten-person team to examine operations and achievement. Deputy Education Commissioner Orlo Shroyer says that team will decide if the school is academically deficient. That gives the school two years to improve. If not – principals can be replaced and the state could call for a recall election of school board members. Forty schools have been put on the “concerned” list in the last two years. The clock is running on fifteen that are academically deficient. We’ll learn later if any of the new twenty make that more serious list.
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