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Okla. City School Officials Fear Possible Takeover (Feb 22, 2012)

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - The superintendent of Oklahoma's largest school district says he's "very concerned" that the state Department of Education may take over 24 schools identified as needing improvement.

Oklahoma City Public School Superintendent Karl Springer and school board chairwoman Angela Monson are submitting the district's plan to improve the schools. The plans include coaches for teachers, advisory boards made up of parents and community leaders and after-school programs for struggling students.

Springer and Monson say they want the same flexibility that they believe the department received in a recent waiver from the federal No Child Left Behind Act. That flexibility includes determining the abilities of teachers and students, the length of school days and how best to spend school funds.

A department spokesman did not immediately return a phone call seeking comment.


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