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City schools CEO clashes with council over principal vacancies, budget

City schools CEO clashes with council over principal vacancies, budget

Baltimore schools CEO Gregory Thornton told the City Council on Monday that the district is having difficulty retaining principals — but chided the city for not providing more money for its public schools. Thornton and other school officials said 30 of the district's more than 180 schools lost their principals this past year — a turnover rate he said was about twice as high as national norms. "The turnover rate is too high," Thornton said. He said many school systems have principal turnover rates of about 10 percent. With the first day of classes a week away, he said eight Baltimore schools are still waiting to hire new principals, and 99 teacher positions...

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