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State seeks to release control of 2 public schools

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BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - After taking control of St. Helena Central Middle and Pointe Coupee Central High schools because of poor academic performance, the state is now on the verge of returning the schools to local control. Officials tell The Advocate neither school improved under the state's watch.

In motions filed March 14, the state Recovery School District is asking the federal court to return jurisdiction of under-performing Pointe Coupee Central High to the Pointe Coupee Parish school system by closing the school and requiring its students be absorbed into Livonia High School, the school system's higher-performing high school.

In St. Helena Parish, the Recovery School District is asking the court to grant the local school system temporary control for three years to improve St. Helena Central Middle without state interference.

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