California implements changes to seek Race to the Top funds: Should Florida follow?
Hoping to prove itself worthy of a piece of the Race to the Top grant, California's Legislature has implemented some new school reform rules worthy of note.
The LA Times reports that the bill would allow:
- Parents to transfer their children out of the state's 1,000 lowest-performing schools, even across district lines, to attend a better school.
- Parents to demand changes that the districts would be required to make in 75 "failing" schools.
"For too long we in Sacramento have looked the other way when it comes to students in California who have languished in persistently underperforming schools," said bill author Sen. Gloria Romero, a Los Angeles Democrat. "Parents are the strongest agents of change."
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has signaled that he will sign the legislation into law.
Should Florida follow suit with this type of proposal?