Powys children 'missing potential' due to special measures
Children are "not reaching their potential" due to low school standards, according to Powys councillors.
Of the seven secondary schools in special measures across Wales, three are in Powys.
The county council's education committee told its cabinet the situation was "of extreme concern", and raised questions about the level of support schools receive.
A consultation on a shake-up of schools in the county ended on Wednesday.
Brecon, Builth Wells and Llandrindod schools were all placed in special measures by school inspectors Estyn, and it is monitoring standards at Newtown and Caereinion high schools in Montgomeryshire.
Committee chairman David Jones said: "Schools are facing major challenges and these must be addressed for the sake of our young learners."