A Maryland school district is planning to designate certain low-performing schools as "Innovation Schools," which would receive additional resources and help from the district's chief schools improvement officer. To begin, 10 schools will be selected based on leadership, community perceptions and academic performance, high-school graduation rates and other factors. "This is about frequent shoulder-to-shoulder support with the principal and with the school leadership team," said Deputy Superintendent Beth Schiavino-Narvaez.

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