- Associated Press - Friday, January 29, 2016

ATLANTA (AP) - The superintendent of Atlanta Public Schools is calling for fundamental changes in the school district with immediate and long lasting effects on teachers and students.

Media outlets report Superintendent Meria Carstarsphen announced a plan Thursday to improve several of the city’s failing schools by closing or consolidating them and bringing in charter operates.

The APS turnaround strategy targets several schools on the verge of a takeover by the Georgia Department of Education. APS’ strategy targets those 26 schools, starting in the Carver, Douglass and Washington clusters, where some of the district’s lowest-performing schools are in need of immediate help for students.

Carstarsphen says the strategy is needed because there are too many failing students and underperforming teachers flying below the radar.

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