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Published on Mar 27, 2012
No Child Left Behind has been shaking things up in San Diego. Parents and teachers at Gompers and Keiller Middle Schools, long two of the city's most violent and low-performing schools, took advantage of the law to turn their schools around.
They broke away from the control of the San Diego school system and converted their schools into charter schools. Today, violence is way down and test scores are climbing up.
What made these parents and teachers decide to break with the system? How did they pull it off? Why have local school officials responded to the remarkable success by trying to steer students away? And what might this mean for the thousands of schools that must soon go through this same process?