GREENSBORO, N.C. — At Allen Jay Elementary, about 40 percent of the students speak a first language other than English. Teachers at the school are “phenomenal” and “committed,” Principal Dawn Spencer said.
She pointed to the school’s diversity and teaching staff as two of the things that make the school special.
But strangers looking to learn more about Allen Jay may see only a letter — D — and two words: low performing.
“That’s a hard thing to overcome with a new person,” Spencer said. “It sends the wrong message about your school, and that’s unfortunate.”
That’s an issue facing 547 schools across North Carolina, including 42 in Guilford County, now labeled as “low performing” under a recent state law.
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