16 Area Schools Don't Make State Grade

Parents will have the chance to pull their kids out of four Amarillo schools next year because the state has ranked them among the lowest in Texas.  Based on the state's public education grant program, kids in four Amarillo schools that fail to meet certain Texas criteria - can pick a new school next fall.  One parent we spoke with has children in two of those four Amarillo schools, and so far he plans to have them stay put.  "It makes you worry a little bit.. But we're pretty happy with them right now," says parent Shane Howard.  One AISD official says just because a school makes the list, that's not telling of their current performance.  "This particular grant program is not a fair assessment of the Palo Duro cluster schools on the list for how they're doing right now," says Palo Duro Cluster Director Janie Cooper.  She oversees three of the four Amarillo schools on the list for transfers. She says Robert E. Lee, Horace Mann middle, and Palo Duro High have all since raised standardized test scores.   Below is a list of 16 area schools earmarked for transfers next year:

Lee Elementary

Horace Mann Middle

Palo Duro High School

Tascosa High School

Bovina Elementary School

Bovina High School

Blakemore Middle School

Dimmitt Middle School

Grandview-Hopkins Elementary

Hart Junior-Senior High School

Hereford Junior High School

Lefors School

Austin Elementary

Pampa High School

Edwin F Williams

Wildorado Elementary School