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Students at Over 8,600 Failing Public Schools Can Transfer to Better Ones

July 2, 2002

The new education law signed by President Bush in January 2002 allows low-income students whose schools don't meet state academic standards for two years to transfer to other schools. The Department of Education has published a list of 8,652 public schools nationwide which don't measure up and whose pupils are eligible for transfers.

  • The new regulations govern Title I schools -- those in which half of the enrollment qualifies for free or reduced price lunches.
  • The numbers of those which are failing represent about one-fifth of the nation's 46,500 Title I schools and about 9 percent of all U.S. schools.
  • While it is difficult to compare states' failure rates because each state sets its own standards of success, the number of failed schools in Michigan and California total more than 1,000 each -- and lead the list.
  • Arkansas and Wyoming don't have any, while New Hampshire has four and Oregon nine.

Michigan education authorities point out that their state has extremely rigorous standards.

Source: Tamara Henry, "Kids Will Be Able to Transfer at 8,652 Schools," USA Today, July 2, 2002.


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