- Associated Press - Tuesday, December 16, 2014

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Delaware education officials say the principals leading six turnaround schools in Wilmington must be replaced unless the state agrees to an exception.

That could disqualify all but two principals out of the six “priority schools.” Two principals are in their first years leading their schools, so they may be able to stay on.

The state push has angered local school communities. Some say their school principals are dedicated, talented and provide consistency with students, teachers and parents.

Christina School District officials had asked that all three of its current principals be allowed to lead the turnaround effort in their schools. But Department of Education officials sent letters to the school district Friday saying federal rules and state law require that new principals take over schools targeted for a turnaround.

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