due to poor test scores may survive
because of popular support.
By the rules, Discovery Charter Preparatory School in Pacoima ought to be doomed because its test scores have fallen from the penthouse to the cellar.
For its part, Pacifica Community Charter School in West Los Angeles raised eyebrows with its "learn as you feel like it" approach, which also produced low test scores. Pacifica didn't even receive a valid school score in 2004 and 2005.
The state says that to survive, charter schools must improve student achievement, and these schools, by key measures, have not. So with the city's school board scheduled to decide today whether these schools will live or die, the decision should be easy.
This from the Los Angeles Times, Photo by Luis Sinco.