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Bill OK'd to help state's schools compete for U.S. funds

December 17, 2009 |  5:10 pm

The state Senate on Thursday approved a measure that lawmakers hope will make California more competitive for $700 million in federal Race to the Top grants by holding schools more accountable for their performance.

The bill would allow parents in 75 schools to force the school board to overhaul operations. And it would allow parents more options to transfer their children from poor-performing schools to better schools in other districts.
Days ago, the state Assembly rejected a Senate bill that would have made more dramatic changes. On Thursday, Senate leader Darrell Steinberg (D-Sacramento) said the two houses and the governor are "90% there" on the provisions of a final bill. He said he hoped such an agreement could be announced "before the holidays."
—Patrick McGreevy in Sacramento