Turlock High School’s principal and half of the school’s staff may have to be replaced, the school campus may be closed, the school might be turned into a charter school, or the principal may be replaced while employees and student testing data be reviewed along with lengthening school days because the campus has not met achievement progress goals according to the State of California Department of Education.
This is the first year schools will be impacted in such a way by making the “persistently low-achieving schools” (bottom 5% of schools) list in an attempt to receive federal grant monies from President Obama’s Race to the Top program. The program’s goal is to help education reform by offering grants to schools that need and will implement changes to improve achievement.
If schools receive grant funding, one of scenarios for change must be implemented with a year. If schools do not receive grant funding, a change must be made but there is not a specific timeline for implementation. The State of California did not even make the Phase I funding in the Race to the Top program.
It is unsure if the State will actually make the Turlock Unified School District (TUSD) carry out these drastic changes to Turlock High School.
Turlock’s newer high school, Pitman, was acknowledged as a California Distinguished School in 2007.
A letter was reported to have been sent out explaining the scores in which THS fell short on and created a mass spreading rumor that the campus would be closed as early as this week. Teachers have said that an Academic Performance Index score of 49, when required 50, has been released.
TUSD Superintendent’s office has not confirmed scoring data while making a statement: “At this time, Dr. Da Marto is still in preliminary discussions with the State Department to receive answers to that question.”
Turlock High School is obviously open currently.
A “tele-parent” robo-call was also reported to have been sent out last Friday denying that the campus would be closed.
TUSD Superintendent’s office has not confirmed the message by way of transcript as requested.
TUSD Trustees Josh Bernard, Tami Muniz, and Bob Weaver have acknowledged the situation and that there was a robo-call to put to rest rumors of the Turlock High School campus closing.