"We support the Commissioner's decision to rescue children from a school that has consistently performed below even the state's minimum expectations. Closing Johnston High School reflects the state's commitment to hold schools accountable for unacceptable performance, and to give students the chance to move into another educational setting that can prepare them for a successful future.

"We encourage the Austin school district to pursue the most aggressive options to repurpose the Johnston campus. Timid measures will not suffice when a school has failed its students for this long.

"Many of Johnston's students are not mastering the basics of reading, writing, and arithmetic. Wholesale reform is needed before another year passes and the students are left further behind."

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