Special Master To Oversee Windham Schools

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ Connecticut officials are planning a community forum in the next few weeks to discuss the state’s intervention in the chronically troubled Windham school system.

The state Department of Education is appointing a special master to work with the 3,600-student district on academic, budget and administrative issues. It comes after several audits concluded Windham’s problems are escalating, including poor student test scores and a dropout rate twice the state average.

State law lets the education department intervene when districts show chronic academic and management problems. Windham’s school board is not being dismissed, though, and state officials say it is not considered a full takeover.

State Senate President Donald E. Williams says he is working with state and local officials to schedule a forum to answer questions from parents, teachers and students.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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