Class of 2012 Celebrates Graduation as California Officially Asks to Be Free of No Child Left Behind

  • Karissa Murray and Cassandra Kashanski celebrated their graduation Wednesday, June 13. The photo was taken by proud mom, Nancy Kashanski.

    Karissa Murray and Cassandra Kashanski celebrated their graduation Wednesday, June 13. The photo was taken by proud mom, Nancy Kashanski.

The Class of 2012 walked the aisle to collect their diplomas at Frazier Mountain High School on Wednesday, June 13 to the sound of thundering applause. See the full report next week in The Mountain Enterprise.

On Friday, June 15 the law under which the Class of 2012 spent their school years was rejected by the state of California. The California State Superintendent of Public Instriction and the State Board of Education today officially asked to be relieved of the No Child Left Behind requirements, using the state’s own accountability system instead. El Tejon School, in the El Tejon UnIfied School District (which serves the Mountain Communities from Neenach to Gorman to Pine Mountain), has been given poor grades under NCLB. Many states say the law is flawed. Here is the press release:

California Officially Files Waiver Seeking Relief
From ‘No Child Left Behind’ Mandates

SACRAMENTO—Supported by many of California’s leading educators and school advocates, State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson and State Board of Education (SBE) President Michael Kirst today officially submitted California’s request to set aside specified requirements of Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), also known as ‘No Child Left Behind.’
California is requesting that the federal government allow the state to use its own accountability system to ensure that all schools improve, rather than the unworkable federal system that has labeled far too many schools as failing. California’s request differs from those filed by other states which agree to several additional federally required policies in exchange for an ESEA waiver.
California’s request is accompanied by dozens of letters of support from administrators, parents, teachers and others, including:
· Rep. Grace F. Napolitano, D-Santa Fe Springs
· The California State PTA
· The California Teachers Association
· The California School Boards Association
· The California Association of School Business Officials
· The Association of California School Administrators
· The California Association of Private School Organizations
· The California Private School Advisory Committee
· The Riverside County School Superintendents’ Association Chair Elliott Duchon
· The School for Integrated Academics and Technologies
· Marin County Superintendent of Schools Mary Jane Burke
· Napa County Superintendent of Schools Barbara Nemco
· Napa Valley Unified School District Superintendent Patrick Sweeney
· St. Helena Unified School District Superintendent Bill McGuire
· Calistoga Joint Unified School District Superintendent Esmeralda Mondragon
· Howell Mountain Elementary School District Superintendent Tom Stubbs
· Pope Valley Union School District Superintendent Florence Eaton
· Santa Clara County Office of Education Curriculum and Instruction Coordinator Lisa Marie Gonzales
· Shasta County Superintendent of Schools Tom Armelino
· Brisbane and Bayshore Elementary School Districts Superintendent Toni Presta
· Campbell Union School District Associate Superintendent Ruth Bareket
· Carlsbad Unified School District Superintendent John Roach
· Castaic Union School District Superintendent James. M. Gibson
· Chico Unified School District Superintendent Kelly Staley
· East Whittier City School District Categorical Programs Director Danelle Amaraz
· Galt Joint Union Elementary School District Educational Services Director Robert Nacario
· Gonzales Unified School District Superintendent Elizabeth Modena
· Jamul-Dulzura Union School District Superintendent Nadine Bennett
· Milpitas Unified Assistant Superintendent / Educational Services Michelle Dimas
· Monterey Peninsula Unified School District Administrator, Intervention and Special Projects Administrator Emily Tsai
· Newhall School District Superintendent Marc Winger
· Pollock Pines Elementary School District Superintendent Kevin Monsma
· Silver Valley Unified School District Superintendent Marc Jackson
· Visalia Unified School District Superintendent Craig Wheaton
· Fairbanks Elementary School Principal Janis Wade
· Forest Grove Elementary School Principal Mariphil Romanow-Cole
· Park View Center School Principal Anthony Karch
· Stonehurst Elementary Principal Jill Imperiale
· Temescal Canyon High School Principal Errol Garnet

This is part of the June 15, 2012 online edition of The Mountain Enterprise.

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