Published: Feb 15, 2011 7:46 PM EST
Updated: Feb 15, 2011 4:46 PM EST

BRADENTON- The State Board of Education has approved intervention plans for a dozen of the state's lowest performing schools if they don't make needed improvements.

Meeting in Bradenton Tuesday, the board voted unanimously in favor of turnaround plans that include closing and reopening as a charter school or replacing the principal and other staff.

The plans would be applied if the schools don't make significant improvements, including on the annual school grades based largely on the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test.

Four schools could be closed and reopened as charters, including Larkdale Elementary in Broward and Miami Central Senior High. Students at two other schools would be sent to other schools.

Key leadership and staff would be replaced at six other schools.

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