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Ed. Director Praises Governor For Disciplining Low-Scoring Schools

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A national educator is praising Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger for disciplining low-performing school districts. Those districts -- including five in San Diego County -- face sanctions for failing to

Ed. Director Praises Governor For Disciplining Low-Scoring Schools

(Photo:The Education Trust president Kati Haycock meets with local business leaders in San Diego. Ana Tintocalis/KPBS .)

A national educator is praising Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger for disciplining low-performing school districts. Those districts -- including five in San Diego County -- face sanctions for failing to satisfy the No Child Left Behind Act.  KPBS reporter Ana Tintocalis has the story.

Kati Haycock is president of Education Trust .  She also helped to develop No Child Left Behind.

Haycock was in San Diego a day after Schwarzenegger slapped 97 California public school districts with academic sanctions as outlined under the federal law. Five of those districts are in San Diego County.

Haycock says the state has to start taking a stand.

Haycock : You have a set of districts way before NCLB that have been failing all of their kids for decades. And we mostly just let that happen. So do I think it’s helpful for the state to take aggressive action? Absolutely. And I hope they will continue to take more aggressive action if the thing doesn't turn around.

Haycock says California now is at the bottom of list when it comes to academic performance.

Ana Tintocalis, KPBS News.