School Reopened as Charter Under NCLB Winds Up Year 1
Early signs are promising as San Diego pioneers option for fixing failing schools.
On a recent sunny morning here, a student rings a brass bell he carries around the front courtyard of Gompers Charter Middle School. But the sound doesn’t just signal that it’s time to start school, explains director Vincent M. Riveroll, who greets students as they file in for the day.
“It’s to bring the concept of school back to the community,” he says. “That bell symbolizes to the community that learning is beginning to take place now.”
The bell is ringing in a new chapter for Gompers, a high-poverty school in the gang-plagued area of Chollas View, in southeastern San Diego. It’s one of three chronically low-performing San Diego schools that, under provisions of the federal No Child Left Behind Act, were shut down and reopened this academic year...
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