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CCSD Took Drastic Measures to Keep Federal Dollars

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LAS VEGAS -- Clark County School District leaders are defending why they chose five schools to undergo a major staff overhauls. The decision has led to student protests and hundreds of teachers wondering where they'll be working next year.

District leaders say the five schools are Title 1 schools and are already losing federal funding. In order for the schools to qualify for other federal money, drastic measures had to be taken.

"Some would say, why are you taking these actions? I would think others would ask, why are you taking so long to take these actions?" Clark County School District Superintendent Dwight Jones defended his decision to put five low performing schools through major staff upheavals.

Teachers at Chaparral, Mojave and Western high schools and Hancock and Elizondo elementary schools will all need to reapply for their jobs.

Chaparral students protested outside of Thursday's school board meeting. They don't see why their favorite teachers and the principal will be "involuntarily transferred." District officials say that with federal Title 1 stimulus money running out, the only other option would be to fire those teachers.

"When I'm hearing kids talk about some of my wonderful teachers, they're talking about also some of those teachers that were looking to be surplused," said Lauren Kohut-Rost. deputy superintendent.

Principal Juree Moore just began working at Hancock elementary after turning around Bendorf elementary's test scores.

"We're really excited. It's going to be a great opportunity to get better results for the kids. Coming from a high performing school, you can take some of those same aspects and embed it in the other schools, " said Moore.

But as some students cry at thought of the major changes their schools will face, the district feels if they don't take these steps, students will feel even more pain.

House republicans are proposing severe cuts in the federal school improvement grant program. That means, even if this program succeeds, it's unlikely other local schools will be able to apply next year.

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