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January 31, 2007


All 193 staff members at Annapolis High School must reapply for their jobs in a drastic step announced last week by Superintendent Kevin M. Maxwell.

He hopes the radical move will reverse anemic student performance and head off a state takeover.

Annapolis High, which has about 1,700 students, has failed to meet state and federal benchmarks under the No Child Left Behind Act four years in a row.

The school has struggled with poor reading test scores among low-income students and lagging graduation rates among minorities. Those academic hurdles, along with persistent discipline problems, have marred the school's reputation in recent years.

The Annapolis High reform involves not only a staff overhaul, but a longer school year, a longer school day and an infusion of support personnel to work closely with teachers and administrators to pinpoint academic trouble spots.


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