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This school district has been at risk of state takeover for years. Some blame white flight.

In a 2003 lawsuit, Hearne Independent School District officials said the state's failure to stop white students from transferring to a nearby district contributed to their academic struggles.

Hearne Elementary School principal Stephanie Heinchon assists 11-year-old sixth grade students, from left, Gabriel Ramirez, Jesus Munoz and Lane Endsley, with Science classwork, Sept. 16, 2019. Heinchon frequently visits classrooms and engages with students on campus.
Hearne Independent School District Superintendent Adrian Johnson gives a speech to shareholders, or community members and parents, about the District’s progress and future during a Town Hall meeting, Sept. 16, 2019.
Hearne High School freshman LaBrawn Gooden, 15, speaks with U.S. Marines recruiter Sgt. Kenneth Want after school, Sept. 16, 2019. LaBrawn said he wants to join the Marines or Air Force.
Hearne Independent School District English Language Arts and Reading teachers, from left, Debra Jenkins, Fawn Simpson, and Antonio Redmon, plan for six weeks of teaching and learning in a processes called Unit Mapping, Sept. 16, 2019.

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