The state board of education has declared a state of emergency for more than 60 local schools.
More than 60 schools in San Diego County were declared to be in a state of emergency by the California State Board of Education on Thursday, the Voice of San Diego is reporting.
The declaration allows parents to remove their students from the school and places them in schools with better test scores, the paper reports.
The board of education says the move is "necessary to avoid serious harm to the public peace, health, safety, or general welfare" of students.
The No Child Left Behind Act already gives parents the option to move their children from schools with failing test scores.
The preliminary list from the California Department of Education lists 1000 schools from across the state. The list has been approved by the state board of education and is currently in review by an administrative law judge, said Pam Slater from the California Department of Education.
Because of the emergency situation, Slater says the process to approve the list has been sped up, once the list is back from the administrative law judge the CDE will review the list to make sure the scores reflected are accurate and notify schools of their final placement on the list. Once schools have been notified they are on the final list, they will have until Sept 15 to notify parents their school has been placed on the state's list of failing schools, Slater said. The list is based the 2009 API scores for each school.
The state board of education has a declared a state of emergency for the following San Diego county schools (note: the list is a preliminary and is subject to change after a final review):
Castle Park Elementary
Maie Ellis Elementary
Lindo Park Elementary
Kempton Street Elementary
La Presa Elementary
Mt. Vernon Elementary
Mountain Empire Middle
San Diego CIMA
San Diego Business
San Diego MVP Arts
Crawford Multimedia and Visual Arts
Crawford Law and Business
Memorial Scholars & Athletes
Whittier/Del Sol Academy
Bayview Terrace Elementary
Mann School of Expedition
San Ysidro Middle
Mar Vista Middle
Del Rio Elementary
Alvin M. Dunn Elementary
San Marcos Elementary
-- Ed. The original version of this story did not state this list was a preliminary list and subject to change.