Montgomery school system set for state takeover

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) Alabama's third-largest public school system is facing a takeover by the state.

A leader with Montgomery's school system tells the Montgomery Advertiser ( ) that officials there have been told the state is taking control.

State officials aren't commenting, but meetings are set in the coming days between the state superintendent and local leaders.

The potential takeover of the 31,000-student system is prompted by poor performance. The number of failing schools in the system more than doubled to 23 in 2015.

Report cards issued by the state last month show only 13 of 50 Montgomery public schools had more than half their students proficient in both math and reading. Most of those schools were magnet programs.

Mayor Todd Strange and others have been pushing for changes.

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