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Opportunity Education provides a supportive environment with specialized curriculum, instruction, guidance, and counseling; psychological services; and tutorial assistance to help students overcome barriers to learning. Opportunity Education schools, classes, and programs are designed to support students who are habitually truant and/or irregular in attendance, need to unlearn other negative behaviors, or are unsuccessful academically. Opportunity Education is not a permanent placement but a short-term intervention to ensure that students will succeed when they return to their regular classrooms. The intent is always to provide as much instruction as possible within the traditional class environment, with the balance of the day in opportunity instruction.
In October 2010, there were 32 Opportunity schools reporting an enrollment of 2,709 students. However, California Department of Education demographic reports for prior school years indicate that the total number of students served by these schools over the entire year averaged 6,500. Note: Student enrollment in opportunity programs and classes in traditional schools is not collected.
The use of funds for this program is now at the discretion of the administration in each school district as part of the Local Control Funding Formula.