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Once reluctant cash-strapped districts clamor for reform dollars

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Roughly 164 of the 188 schools on the state's persistently low-performing list have pledged to implement reform in exchange for a cut of a $416 million grant, according to data released this week by the California Department of Education.

The Oakland and San Diego Unified school districts were among those school districts who flooded the state office last week with applications indicating their willingness to participate in the School Improvement Program. Both Oakland and San Diego initially refused to vie for the funds over concerns about the mandated improvement measures. But we wondered if they might have a change of heart after the state announced its success in securing the $415,844,376 from the U.S. Department of Education.

And apparently they, along with 56 school districts getting whacked by the ongoing budget crisis, couldn't pass up the shot-in-the-arm the $50,000 to $2 million in federal dollars would bring.

If approved by the board, Willie L. Brown Jr. Elementary in San Francisco and Explore Middle School in Oakland would be shut down, according to the proposal currently on state officials' desks. Eight other schools, including seven in Los Angeles Unified are slated to be turned over to charter school organizations.

Seventy-two schools could be replacing their principals and adopting a longer day, while 32 other campuses would fire the principal and replace most, if not all, of the the teachers.

The State Board of Education will decide Aug. 2 which schools will get money and how much. The full list of schools is included below:


Region County District Name School Name Charter School Tier Intervention Model
4 Alameda Oakland Unified Explore Middle   I Closure
4 San Francisco San Francisco Unified Brown Jr., (Willie L.) Elementary   I Closure
3 Sacramento Elk Grove Unified Anna Kirchgater Elementary   III Not required to select.
3 Sacramento Elk Grove Unified Charles E. Mack Elementary   III Not required to select.
3 Sacramento Elk Grove Unified David Reese Elementary   III Not required to select.
3 Sacramento Elk Grove Unified Herman Leimbach Elementary   III Not required to select.
3 Sacramento Elk Grove Unified Prairie Elementary   III Not required to select.
3 Sacramento Elk Grove Unified Samuel Kennedy Elementary   III Not required to select.
3 Sacramento Sacramento City Unified Father Keith B. Kenny Elementary Charter   III Not required to select.
3 Sacramento Sacramento City Unified Fern Bacon Middle   III Not required to select.
3 Sacramento Sacramento City Unified Hiram W. Johnson High   III Not required to select.
3 Sacramento Sacramento City Unified Jedediah Smith Elementary   III Not required to select.
3 Sacramento Sacramento City Unified Will C. Wood Middle   III Not required to select.
4 Solano Dixon Unified C. A. Jacobs Intermediate   III Not required to select.
4 Solano Dixon Unified Gretchen Higgins Elementary   III Not required to select.
5 Monterey Greenfield Union Elementary Cesar Chavez Elementary   III Not required to select.
5 Monterey Greenfield Union Elementary Oak Avenue Elementary   III Not required to select.
5 Monterey King City Joint Union High King City High   III Not required to select.
5 Monterey Monterey Peninsula Unified Del Rey Woods Elementary   III Not required to select.
5 Monterey Monterey Peninsula Unified Los Arboles Middle   III Not required to select.
5 Monterey Monterey Peninsula Unified Marina Vista Elementary   III Not required to select.
5 Monterey Monterey Peninsula Unified Ord Terrace Elementary   III Not required to select.
5 Monterey Monterey Peninsula Unified Roger S. Fitch Middle   III Not required to select.
7 Tulare Burton Elementary Summit Charter Academy X III Not required to select.
7 Tulare Woodlake Union School District Castle Rock Elementary   III Not required to select.
7 Tulare Woodlake Union School District Woodlake Valley Middle   III Not required to select.
8 Kern Lamont Elementary Alicante Avenue Elementary   III Not required to select.
8 Kern Lamont Elementary Lamont Elementary   III Not required to select.
8 Kern Lamont Elementary Mountain View Middle   III Not required to select.
8 Kern Lamont Elementary Myrtle Avenue Elementary   III Not required to select.
9 Orange Fullerton Elementary Nicolas Junior High   III Not required to select.
9 Orange Fullerton Elementary Orangethorpe Elementary   III Not required to select.
9 Orange Fullerton Elementary Pacific Drive Elementary   III Not required to select.
9 Orange Fullerton Elementary Valencia Park Elementary   III Not required to select.
11 Los Angeles Bassett Unified Don Julian Elementary   III Not required to select.
11 Los Angeles Bassett Unified J. E. Vanwig Elementary   III Not required to select.
11 Los Angeles El Monte City Elementary Columbia Elementary   III Not required to select.
11 Los Angeles El Monte City Elementary Cortada Elementary   III Not required to select.
11 Los Angeles El Monte City Elementary Durfee Elementary   III Not required to select.
11 Los Angeles El Monte City Elementary Gidley Elementary   III Not required to select.
11 Los Angeles El Monte City Elementary Potrero Elementary   III Not required to select.
11 Los Angeles Keppel Union Elementary Almondale Middle   III Not required to select.
11 Los Angeles Lancaster Elementary Desert View Elementary   III Not required to select.
11 Los Angeles Lancaster Elementary Jack Northrop Elementary   III Not required to select.
11 Los Angeles Los Angeles Unified John C. Fremont Senior High   III Not required to select.
11 Los Angeles Montebello Unified Bell Gardens Intermediate   III Not required to select.
11 Los Angeles Montebello Unified Eastmont Intermediate   III Not required to select.
11 Los Angeles Montebello Unified La Merced Elementary   III Not required to select.
11 Los Angeles Montebello Unified La Merced Intermediate   III Not required to select.
11 Los Angeles Montebello Unified Macy Intermediate   III Not required to select.
11 Los Angeles Montebello Unified Montebello Intermediate   III Not required to select.
11 Los Angeles Montebello Unified Suva Intermediate   III Not required to select.
6 San Joaquin Stockton Unified Richard A. Pittman Elementary   I Restart
11 Los Angeles Los Angeles Unified Crenshaw Senior High   I Restart
11 Los Angeles Los Angeles Unified Edwin Markham Middle   I Restart
11 Los Angeles Los Angeles Unified Florence Griffith Joyner Elementary   I Restart
11 Los Angeles Los Angeles Unified George Washington Carver Middle   I Restart
11 Los Angeles Los Angeles Unified Manual Arts Senior High   I Restart
11 Los Angeles Los Angeles Unified Robert Louis Stevenson Middle   I Restart
11 Los Angeles Los Angeles Unified Samuel Gompers Middle   I Restart
3 Sacramento Sacramento City Unified Oak Ridge Elementary   I Transformation
3 Sacramento Twin Rivers Unified Highlands Academy of Arts and Design X II Transformation
4 Alameda Hayward Unified Burbank Elementary   I Transformation
4 Alameda Hayward Unified Tennyson High   II Transformation
4 Alameda Oakland Unified Elmhurst Community Prep   I Transformation
4 Alameda Oakland Unified United for Success Academy X I Transformation
4 Alameda San Lorenzo Unified Hillside Elementary   I Transformation
4 Contra Costa Mt. Diablo Unified Bel Air Elementary   I Transformation
4 Contra Costa Mt. Diablo Unified Glenbrook Middle   II Transformation
4 Contra Costa Mt. Diablo Unified Rio Vista Elementary   I Transformation
4 Contra Costa Mt. Diablo Unified Shore Acres Elementary   I Transformation
4 San Francisco San Francisco Unified Cesar Chavez Elementary   I Transformation
4 San Francisco San Francisco Unified Horace Mann Middle   I Transformation
4 San Francisco San Francisco Unified John O'Connell Alternative High   II Transformation
4 San Francisco San Francisco Unified Mission High   II Transformation
4 San Francisco San Francisco Unified Paul Revere Elementary   I Transformation
4 San Mateo La Honda-Pescadero Unified Pescadero Elementary and Middle   I Transformation
4 San Mateo Ravenswood City Elementary Stanford New School X I Transformation
5 Monterey Chualar Union Elementary Chualar Elementary   I Transformation
5 Monterey Greenfield Union Elementary Greenfield Elementary   I Transformation
5 Monterey Greenfield Union Elementary Vista Verde Middle   I Transformation
5 Monterey King City Joint Union High Greenfield High   I Transformation
5 San Benito Aromas/San Juan Unified San Juan   I Transformation
5 Santa Cruz Pajaro Valley Unified Calabasas Elementary   I Transformation
5 Santa Cruz Pajaro Valley Unified Hall District Elementary   I Transformation
5 Santa Cruz Pajaro Valley Unified T. S. MacQuiddy Elementary   I Transformation
6 San Joaquin Stockton Unified Roosevelt Elementary   I Transformation
7 Fresno Parlier Unified Parlier Junior High   I Transformation
7 Kings Lakeside Union Elementary Lakeside Elementary   I Transformation
7 Tulare Alta Vista Elementary Alta Vista Elementary   I Transformation
8 Kern Buttonwillow Union Elementary Buttonwillow Elementary   I Transformation
8 Kern McFarland Unified McFarland High   I Transformation
8 Kern Semitropic Elementary Semitropic Elementary   I Transformation
8 Kern Wasco Union Elementary Palm Avenue Elementary   I Transformation
8 Santa Barbara Santa Barbara Elementary Cesar E. Chavez Charter School X I Transformation
9 Orange Santa Ana Unified Century High   I Transformation
9 Orange Santa Ana Unified Saddleback High   II Transformation
9 Orange Santa Ana Unified Santa Ana High   II Transformation
9 Orange Santa Ana Unified Sierra Intermediate   II Transformation
9 Orange Santa Ana Unified Valley High   I Transformation
9 Orange Santa Ana Unified Willard Intermediate   I Transformation
9 San Diego San Diego Unified Burbank Elementary   I Transformation
9 San Diego San Diego Unified Charter School of San Diego X II Transformation
9 San Diego San Diego Unified King/Chavez Arts Academy X I Transformation
10 Riverside Moreno Valley Unified March Mountain High   II Transformation
10 Riverside Riverside County Office of Education Riverside County Community   I Transformation
10 San Bernardino Fontana Unified Fontana A. B. Miller High   II Transformation
10 San Bernardino San Bernardino City Unified Arroyo Valley High   II Transformation
10 San Bernardino San Bernardino City Unified Davidson Elementary   I Transformation
10 San Bernardino San Bernardino City Unified Pacific High   I Transformation
10 San Bernardino San Bernardino City Unified Rio Vista Elementary   I Transformation
10 San Bernardino San Bernardino City Unified San Gorgonio High   II Transformation
11 Los Angeles ABC Unified Pharis F. Fedde Middle   II Transformation
11 Los Angeles Antelope Valley Union High Eastside High   II Transformation
11 Los Angeles Antelope Valley Union High Littlerock High   II Transformation
11 Los Angeles Compton Unified Whaley Middle   I Transformation
11 Los Angeles Compton Unified Walton Middle   I Transformation
11 Los Angeles Compton Unified Centennial High   I Transformation
11 Los Angeles Compton Unified Martin Luther King Elementary   I Transformation
11 Los Angeles Compton Unified Davis Middle   I Transformation
11 Los Angeles Compton Unified Dominguez High   I Transformation
11 Los Angeles Compton Unified Vanguard Learning Center   II Transformation
11 Los Angeles Compton Unified Willowbrook Middle   II Transformation
11 Los Angeles Los Angeles County Office of Education Today's Fresh Start Charter X I Transformation
11 Los Angeles Los Angeles Unified Gardena Senior High   I Transformation
11 Los Angeles Los Angeles Unified George Washington Preparatory High   I Transformation
11 Los Angeles Los Angeles Unified Hillcrest Drive Elementary   I Transformation
11 Los Angeles Los Angeles Unified Maywood Academy High   II Transformation
11 Los Angeles Los Angeles Unified Thomas Jefferson Senior High   I Transformation
11 Los Angeles Pomona Unified Emerson Middle   II Transformation
11 Los Angeles Pomona Unified Fremont Middle   II Transformation
11 Los Angeles Pomona Unified Pomona Senior High   II Transformation
3 Sacramento San Juan Unified Encina Preparatory High   II Turnaround
3 Yuba Marysville Joint Unified Ella Elementary   I Turnaround
4 Alameda Hayward Unified Harder Elementary   III Turnaround
4 Alameda Hayward Unified Longwood Elementary   I Turnaround
4 Contra Costa West Contra Costa Unified Lincoln Elementary   I Turnaround
4 San Francisco San Francisco Unified Bryant Elementary   I Turnaround
4 San Francisco San Francisco Unified Everett Middle   I Turnaround
4 San Francisco San Francisco Unified George Washington Carver Elementary   I Turnaround
4 San Francisco San Francisco Unified John Muir Elementary   I Turnaround
4 San Mateo Ravenswood City Elementary Costano Elementary   I Turnaround
4 San Mateo Ravenswood City Elementary Edison-Ronald McNair Intermediate X I Turnaround
5 Monterey Monterey Peninsula Unified Highland Elementary   I Turnaround
5 Monterey Monterey Peninsula Unified Martin Luther King   I Turnaround
5 Monterey Monterey Peninsula Unified Seaside High   II Turnaround
5 Monterey Soledad Unified Rose Ferrero Elementary   I Turnaround
6 San Joaquin Stockton Unified Taylor Skills Elementary   I Turnaround
7 Fresno Fresno Unified Carver Academy   I Turnaround
7 Fresno Fresno Unified Webster Elementary   I Turnaround
7 Fresno Fresno Unified Yosemite Middle   I Turnaround
7 Fresno Parlier Unified Martinez (John C.) Elementary   I Turnaround
7 Tulare Lindsay Unified Jefferson Elementary   I Turnaround
9 San Diego Escondido Union Elementary Felicita Elementary   I Turnaround
10 Riverside Alvord Unified Norte Vista High   II Turnaround
10 Riverside Coachella Valley Unified West Shores High   I Turnaround
10 San Bernardino San Bernardino City Unified Barton Elementary   I Turnaround
10 San Bernardino San Bernardino City Unified Hunt Elementary   I Turnaround
10 San Bernardino San Bernardino City Unified Marshall Elementary   I Turnaround
10 San Bernardino San Bernardino City Unified Serrano Middle   II Turnaround
10 San Bernardino San Bernardino City Unified Shandin Hills Middle   II Turnaround
10 San Bernardino San Bernardino City Unified Wilson Elementary   I Turnaround
11 Los Angeles Palmdale Elementary Cactus Middle   II Turnaround
11 Los Angeles Palmdale Elementary Tumbleweed Elementary   I Turnaround
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