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Students in Molly Berry’s algebra class in Tate County work on an assignment together. When the state took control of the district in 2009, the pass rate on the high school algebra exit exam was only 45 percent.

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State Takeovers: A Fix for Failing School Districts?

When the state took control of the Hazlehurst City school district in 2008, the small rural district was in chaos and suffering from abysmal academic performance.


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