Examining the Cleveland Elementary Exodus

Cleveland Elementary is under the microscope as the Santa Barbara Unified School District meets with teachers and parents to get a better idea as to why the formerly high-performing and robustly attended K-6 is now producing low test scores, chronic absenteeism, and student transfers away from its picturesque campus on the Riviera. Educators strongly suspect Cleveland’s year-round calendar is a major culprit, as it often conflicts with family schedules, especially those that also have kids attending traditional-calendar schools.

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