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After Red Lake High School was labeled one of Minnesota's worst schools, its board moved quickly to dismiss the principal. It didn't take long for Ev Arnold to land on his feet, though: The same district now pays him the identical salary to oversee the school's turnaround.

Arnold's situation is typical for principals in several states who were removed last summer under the federal School Improvement Grant program (SIG), intended to reform the nation's worst...

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