UPDATED: 7:02 pm PST March 11, 2010
SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- The California State Board of Education voted Thursday to approve a controversial list of what are called "low-performing" schools.
But first, the board made some last-minute additions and subtractions.
The updated list includes seven schools in Stockton, three in the Sacramento area, two in Lodi, and one each in Modesto, Marysville, and South Lake Tahoe.
At its meeting, the state education board unanimously voted to approve the final list of 188 "low performing" schools, even though many administrators insisted the process for drawing up the list has been unfair.
Final List: LAUSD SCHOOLS
Angeles Mesa Elementary
Charles Drew Middle
East Valley Senior High
Edwin Markham Middle
Henry Clay Middle
Henry T. Gage Middle
Hillcrest Drive Elementary
John Muir Middle
Manual Arts Senior High
Samuel Gompers Middle
Thomas Jefferson Senior High
South East High
Carson Senior High
Century Academy for Excellence
Crenshaw Senior High
Florence Griffith Joyner Elementary
Gardena Senior High
George Washington Carver Middle
George Washington Preparatory High
International Studies Learning Center
Miguel Contreras Learning Complex
Robert Fulton College Preparatory School
Robert Louis Stevenson Middle
William Jefferson Clinton Middle
"There are hundreds of schools that potentially could be on this list and aren't," Biggs School Superintendent Bill Cornelius said. "And there are hundreds of schools that are on the list that should not be."
Among the schools which had been on the original list, but then dropped are Natomas High School in Sacramento, Woodland High School, Fairfield High School and Turlock High School
"You know it's a big sigh of relief for Turlock Unified School District, and certainly for Turlock High School," Turlock Schools Assistant Superintendent Lacrisha Ferriera said.
Schools designated as low-performing will now have to undertake major reforms, such as firing the principal and half the staff, converting to a charter school, or closing the school altogether.
As students were leaving Highlands Academy in Sacramento Thursday, administrators were getting ready to make phone calls to let parents know that the school has now been listed in the state's bottom 5 percent.
"If they're not going to get an exceptional education, then why do I have them coming to this particular school?" parent Amy Ekstedt said.
Highlands Academy plans to use a fourth option, which may involve lengthening the school day and paying teachers bonuses if their students' test scores improve.
"I don't see why we wouldn't look at it," Trinette Marquis from the Twin Rivers School District said. "I think we're going to be bringing everybody into the table and saying, 'Look, we've got this opportunity ahead of us.'"