Struggling Schools Face State Intervention

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(Sacramento, CA)
Wednesday, February 27, 2008
Governor Schwarzenegger greets students at Northwood Elementary in Sacramento. It’s in one of 97 districts statewide that have not met “No Child Left Behind” standards for five years in a row. Schwarzenegger says the state has to take action now or it will lose 45 million in federal funds to help improve the schools: “Of course this is not just about the money and not just about funding. It is about those kids in most of those challenging districts have suffered for too long and we’ve go to do something about it. They need our help right now.” He says in some schools, officials could be replaced – or a trustee appointed. In others, there might be teacher training or after school programs. State Schools Chief Jack O’Connell says each district will get an individualized plan. “Student achievement will occur much more quickly with supportive intervention rather than cutting money or closing schools or laying people off.” The State board of Education will have to approve the state’s proposal before it can take effect.