Solano County

Board of Supervisors hears schools report

By From page A3 | November 21, 2012

FAIRFIELD — Sixteen county schools in the lower one-third of 2009 Academic Performance Index scores have received a good report from the Solano County Office of Education.

Under state law, Office of Education officials had to visit the schools to determine three things. They looked to see that students had sufficient instructional materials, that the facilities are kept in good repair and that the schools provide accurate data for the annual school accountability report card.

All 16 schools passed in all three categories, Superintendents of Schools Jay Speck reported Tuesday to the Board of Supervisors.

“It’s good news for our schools,” Speck said. “They performed very well.”

At least, that is, within the confines of the categories the Office of Education had to address under state code as a result of the Williamson Case lawsuit. That 2000 lawsuit, originating in San Francisco, charged that the state failed to provide students equal access to instructional materials, safe school facilities and qualified teachers.

Board of Supervisors Chairwoman Linda Seifert, however, had a question about the schools’ academic performances.

“How do we know if they’re getting better?” she asked.

Speck said that question wasn’t part of the legal requirement that his visit that day fulfilled. But Office of Education officials are willing to come back and share such data, he said.

“You are welcome here anytime,” Seifert said.

The sixteen schools are Anna Kyle, Cleo Gordon, David Weir, Sheldon, Fairview and Suisun elementary schools and Armijo and Fairfield high schools from the Fairfield-Suisun School District; Markham Elementary School from the Vacaville School District; and Beverly Hills, Loma Vista, Mare Island, Patterson and Widenmann elementary schools, Franklin Middle School and Vallejo High School from the Vallejo School District.

Reach Barry Eberling at 427-6929 or [email protected] Follow him on Twitter at www.twitter.com/beberlingdr.

Barry Eberling

Barry Eberling

Barry Eberling has been a reporter with the Daily Republic since 1987. He covers Solano County government, transportation, growth and the environment. He received his bachelors of art degree from the University of California, Santa Barbara and his masters degree in journalism from the University of California, Berkeley.

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  • JoeNovember 21, 2012 - 1:47 pm

    Glad to hear that the county schools are "doing well" but found it somewhat disconcerting that the County Superintendent of the Office of Education has to "get back" to the Board to actually report whether or not the schools have actually improved? Shouldn't he already have information on that? This is your job! Seems like it isn't asking too much to be aware of whether or not our schools are progressing or not. Embarrassing....

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