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8 Groups Want To Run Schools In Nevada Turnaround District

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — Eight organizations say they'll apply to run schools within Nevada's proposed Achievement School District, which aims to turn at least six of the state's lowest-performing schools into charters.

The groups that filed a letter of intent by last Friday's deadline include three Nevada-based organizations as well as two from California and one each from Arizona, New Jersey and Pennsylvania.

They have a few more weeks to file the full application for the role.

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Nevada lawmakers voted on party lines this spring to pass a bill creating the district. Democrats opposed the plan.

The state has identified 78 schools that are considered persistently underperforming and could end up within the district, where they would be run by a charter school management organization as soon as Fall 2016.