LAWRENCE (CBS/AP) — State education officials unveiled their turnaround plan for Lawrence’s struggling public schools Wednesday.

It’s a model that could be used to improve other underperforming school systems.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Carl Stevens reports

State-appointed superintendent Jeffrey Riley and state Education Commissioner Mitchell Chester were among those at the announcement at the South Lawrence East Elementary School.

The turnaround plan, expected to take five to seven years, includes more instruction time, expanding arts and intramural sports programs and an overhaul of programs for students not proficient in English.

The plan also calls for empowering teachers and principals.

It was developed by state and local education officials with input from parents and community leaders.

The district has about 13,000 students and less than half graduate high school in four years.

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