(04/22/2010)
West Virginia school officials say 33 schools could replace principals in 20 counties where schools are struggling.

The actions are based on WV receiving millions of dollars in education money from a federal program called Race to the Top.

West Virginia is eligible for $22 million, or about $500,000 to $2 million per school.

Jorea Marple, assistant state superintendent of schools, said county administrators met with state education officials yesterday and will meet again today to discuss their plans.

The money can be used to hire new teachers and specialists, transform a school's curriculum, provide extra training for teachers and staff, offer extended learning time during the summer months and other strategies to help improve student learning.

Geary Elementary-Middle School in Roane County is one of the targeted schools failing to meet Adequate Yearly Progress.

A complete list of non-performing schools have yet to be released.

Five principals in Kanawha County have agreed to step down so their schools can receive the money.

The state Board of Education says it is making "bold moves that will move education forward in the state of West Virginia."

State Board President Priscilla Haden says the board agreed its primary purpose would be to make changes suggested by the federal government in its Race to the Top funding application.

The changes include the creation of charter schools, annual teacher evaluations, performance based evaluations, higher education alternative pathways for teachers and principals and removal of principals from low-performing schools.


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