California Board of Education Approves Sanctions Under NCLB
The state Board of Education has approved interventions in 97 poorly performing school districts recommended by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger last month.
The governor says the board's action Thursday is needed to free up $45 million in federal funds to help the districts comply with the No Child Left Behind Act.
The districts have failed to meet their goals for five years and are facing sanctions for the first time. They educate about one-third of California's students.
But Democrats say it's unfair to sanction schools when the governor has proposed cutting education spending by more than $4 billion because of the state budget deficit. Democrats say needy schools will be forced to lay off teachers just when they are being asked to improve.
The action by the state board comes a day before a committee established by the governor releases its report on ways to improve the state's education system.