Halifax County Schools Hearing

Education leaders agree to fix NC school system

State and local educational leaders have agreed on an intensive training program to help Halifax County teachers and principals improve their failing schools.

Superior Court Judge Howard Manning heard details Wednesday of a plan agreed to by both sides. Manning ordered action last month, saying the district operated so poorly that it was committing "academic genocide."

The plan would use about $1.8 million to hire 12 full-time education coaches and provide summer retraining courses for all 360 teachers and teaching assistants in the district.

More than 70 percent of elementary school students in Halifax County can't meet proficient reading standards on statewide tests.

About three out of four middle school students are not proficient readers.

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