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Ventura County Grand Jury Takes Aim At County’s Schools

Posted on Friday, April 19, 2013 12:17am

A new Ventura County Grand Jury report is taking sharp aim at the County’s schools, saying taxpayers are paying to teach the same students the same things twice, or more because they need remedial college classes in basics like English, and math.

The just released report says while there is a 72% graduation rate in the county, only about half of the students are prepared for postsecondary education. The Grand Jury says as a result, taxpayers are paying for things like English, and math classes at the high school level, and then remedial classes at the community college level.

The report asserts that providing remedial classes at community colleges is a higher, and unnecessary burden on taxpayers to provide the same education twice.

The 57 page report calls on the County Superintendent of Schools, and the Chancellor of the Community College District to set educational standards, and establish a task force to help meet that goal.

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