New Jersey School District on Last Leg

by Associated Press
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State finds problems, and threatens to take it over.

New Jersey's Education Department says it's giving the Camden School District one more chance to fix its problems before a takeover.

A state report released Thursday finds problems with teaching, administrative and low test scores in a district long beset by administrative controversy and a student population that has to deal with poverty and violence.

Twenty-three of Camden's 26 schools are on a priority list of the 75 worst-performing schools in the state.
 
The state says the district must hire a new superintendent with a record of turning districts around. Officials also say Camden must embrace the Renaissance Schools concept that will bring a new type of independently operated school to the city.
 
The state says it will have "no choice but to more aggressively intervene" if things don't improve.

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