Area high schools off 'persistently dangerous' list

Eagle Point and Medford Opportunity high schools are among 13 schools statewide that have been removed from the state's watch list for schools with a high ratio of drug, weapon or violence-related crimes on campus.

The schools were added last year to the "persistently dangerous" watch list, which is maintained by the Oregon Department of Education under safety provisions of the Bush administration's No Child Left Behind Act.

Schools join the watch list when they have one or more expulsions per 100 students for manufacture or delivery of drugs, weapon possession, violent behavior, assault and sexual crimes involving force.

The "persistently dangerous" label is given to schools that stay on the watch list for three consecutive years, and it means that students have the option of transferring to another school in the area with the school district paying for any associated transportation costs.

Only one school in the state — McKay High School in Salem — has been named "persistently dangerous" this year.

Other schools on the watch list include Hidden Valley High School in the Three Rivers distrct, as well as four schools in the Portland district, five in the Salem-Keizer district, one in Beaverton and one in Bend-La Pine.

Schools removed from the watch list include Eagle Point High School and Medford Opportunity High School (includes Medford pupils at night school on the North Medford High School campus, CrossRoads alternative school, and juvenile justice education programs), as well as North Valley High and Illinois Valley High in the Three Rivers district and nine other schools statewide.

— Paris Achen

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