State takes control of Halifax schools


RALEIGH (AP) — The State Board of Education is taking control of the budget for Halifax County Schools to ensure compliance with a 2009 court order addressing poor academic performance.

WRAL-TV reports that Chairman Bill Cobey said in a letter Monday to the Halifax County Board of Education that all district- and school-level budgets must be turned over to the state’s superintendent of public instruction by the end of next week.

The state board has been working with Halifax County since 2009, when Superior Court Judge Howard Manning called poor end-of-grade reading test scores in area schools “academic genocide” and ordered efforts to improve student performance.

Cobey says the state board would also have to approve any new hires made by the school district.

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