In Tri-state, 104 schools listed as underperforming

September 23, 2002


State officials said 104 schools were identified as underperforming. Of 60,000 students eligible for transfers, 1,400 asked for them. The state honored about 900 requests.


Of the 256 schools on the federal school improvement plan, 178 are in Philadelphia, which is already under an ambitious school reform plan forced by a state takeover last December.

Most of those - 235 - must offer both transfers and tutoring.

Beth Gaydos, an Education Department spokeswoman, said Pennsylvania is "ahead of a lot of states" on tutoring because of a state program called Classroom Plus established last year. The program provides grants of up to $500 to parents to reimburse the costs of tutoring for children in grades 3-6 who are performing poorly on standardized tests.


Thirty-four of the state's 1,929 schools will offer transfers this fall. Most of the affected schools are in Richmond, Petersburg and Portsmouth.

West Virginia

Only two schools, a junior high school in Parkersburg and an elementary school in Fairmont, were designated underperforming. Parents of 60 students have requested transfers out of those schools.

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