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No Choices Left Behind: Competitive
Models to Restructure California\u2019s Lowest-
he federal No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) requires states to show that students in every
subgroup, including minorities, low-income, and special education students are proficient in
reading and math. In 2005, each subgroup in elementary and middle school had to have at least
24.4 percent of students proficient in reading and 26.5 percent proficient in math. In high school
each subgroup needs 22.3 percent of students proficient in reading and 20.9 percent of students
low-performing public school including:
1. offering opportunity scholarships to students in failing schools;
2. competitively bidding out low-performing schools to outside operators;
3. restructuring the district to a weighted student formula system where a student could
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