We could spend a lot of time debating whether the state uses fair criteria to determine whether a school is "failing" or in "good standing." But the bottom line is that every parent who has a child attending a school on the state's watch list has the right to send their child to a school that's more successful.
In reality, very few parents in a district with 45 underperforming schools (out of 57) will request to transfer their child out a school with a record of low academic achievement. But parent activist and DPCC Chairman Sam Radford says it's enough for him and his parent organization to ensure that any parent who asks for a transfer gets it. He said that's what the district is doing with its "Public School Choice Corrective Action Plan."
"I consider that fair," he said. "You can't ask for more than an even playing field."
It's not a complete action plan. It's more of a communication plan with laundry list of options the district wants to explore further (see questions no. 1 and no. 4).
Here's the plan submitted by the district: