- Associated Press - Friday, October 10, 2014

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - A state plan to target six Wilmington schools for improvement is drawing mixed reactions.

Education Secretary Mark Murphy pitched the idea to the City Council on Thursday to turn around six schools that have some of the worst test scores in Delaware.

The state wants to devote $5.8 million to the effort and staff the schools with top principals and teachers who would have greater flexibility to increase student performance.

Opponents say the plan amounts to a takeover. The school districts are balking at some conditions, including making every teacher re-apply for their jobs and removing district authority over the schools.

The so-called “priority schools” are Christina School District’s Bancroft and Stubbs elementaries and Bayard Middle School, and Red Clay School District’s Shortlidge, Highlands and Warner elementary schools.

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