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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - The Missouri State Board of Education has started digging into proposals aimed at improving the state's struggling school districts.

More than a half-dozen plans have been submitted by school districts, education organizations and the Cities for Education Entrepreneurship Trust, a private organization under contract with the state. The state board held an extended work session Monday.

No final ideas were approved. One concept upon which there appeared to be some agreement is a contract between the state and officials of struggling districts, with consequences if a district fails to meet state expectations.

Two St. Louis County districts and the Kansas City district are currently unaccredited.

Officials of Missouri's Department of Elementary and Secondary Education are to present their recommendation to state board on Feb. 18.

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