Students at the state's 1000 worst schools can now transfer to better ones; 17 County schools make the list.
Thursday, July 15, 2010
A new law allows students in California's lowest performing schools to not only switch schools, but to jump district boundaries so they can get better educations.
Seventeen Monterey County Schools appear on the 1000 worst list, which was compiled by the California State Board of Education and is based on standardized test scores.
- Frank Paul Elementary, Alisal Union
- Martin Luther King Elementary, Alisal Union
- Chualar Elementary, Chualar Union Elementary
- Greenfield Elementary, Greenfield Union Elementary
- Santa Lucia Elementary, King City Union
- Greenfield High, King City Joint Union High
- Highland Elementary, Monterey Peninsula Unified
- Martin Luther King, Monterey Peninsula Unified
- Fitch Middle, Monterey Peninsula Unified
- Los Padres Elementary, Salinas City
- Sherwood Elementary, Salinas City
- Mount Toro High, Salinas Union High
- San Antonio Elementary, San Antonio Union Elementary
- Santa Rita Elementary, Santa Rita Union Elementary
- Castroville Elementary, North Monterey County Unified
- Gabilan Elementary, Soledad Unified
- Gonzales High, Gonzales Unified
Under the law, parents of students who attend these schools can apply to schools in higher achieving districts like
Carmel or P.G. Those districts must craft standards for admitting such students, taking into account the capacity of their schools and programs.
Critics of the law say it will further impoverish schools that are already struggling, while proponents argue that it could be a boon to individual students stuck in less than challenging environments.