By BVN Staff –
The California Department of Education is turning up the heat on failing schools. Officials announced Monday that seven San Bernardino schools are among the worst 5 percent in the state.
Six Title 1 funded SB elementary schools and Pacific High School made the list of California’s lowest performing schools.
A new state law requires those schools to shut down, fire their administrators or become charter schools.
The legislation backed by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger was adopted to make California a contender for up to $700 million as part of President Barack Obama’s Race to the Top education initiative and other federal grants.
California was disqualified Thursday from competing for the first round of Race to the Top funding.
Federal officials claim state reforms made did not go far enough.
A.B Miller High in Fontana Unified and Wilmer Carter High in Rialto are among troubled schools on the list of lowest-performing schools that don’t receive Title 1 funding.
Officials will ask the federal Department of Education for a waiver to allow the state to form a list of the low performing schools, regardless of Title 1 funding.
Educators and some union leaders believe that could relieve some pressure on low performing schools in Rialto, Fontana, Colton and the High Desert. San Bernardino is behind only Los Angeles Unified and San Francisco Unified in the number of schools on the list.
San Bernardino City Unified School officials say they were expecting some City schools to be on the list.
“We just didn’t know how many of our schools would be on it,” said spokesman Linda Bardere. “Of course, one is too any.”
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