State educators identify lowest performing schools for overhaul

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Last year’s federal stimulus funds for public schools required educators to identify — and take action to turn around — the lowest performing schools. California released a preliminary list of those schools today.

Almost 200 schools from throughout the state are on the list.

It includes schools from Los Angeles, Compton, Santa Ana, Riverside and San Bernardino. School districts have already taken steps to improve learning at some campuses. But the federal guidelines require districts to choose from a list of overhauls.

Districts could close schools entirely, replace principals, replace half the teachers, or hand over its management to a charter school. Districts may request grant money to help turn around low performing schools.

California’s state board of education is set to debate and vote on the list later this week.