More than Two Dozen Knox Elementary and Middle Schools Failing

TOWNSEND, Tenn. (AP) -- Knox County school board members have been told about 30 of their elementary and middle schools will be targeted unless they improve faster academically.

At the board's annual retreat over the weekend in Townsend, members were also told most of the schools are improving, but the bar is being raise by the No Child Left Behind Law.

School officials hope programs such as a new reading curriculum this year will help keep most of the school off the target list.

Eventually, the state would take over targeted schools.

Board member Sam Anderson says school administrators are ultimately responsible for students meeting benchmarks and they're the ones who will be accountable.

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Information from: The Knoxville News Sentinel, http://www.knoxnews.com

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