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Principal shaves head for higher test scores

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SAN DIEGO (CNS) - When Baker Elementary School students succeeded in dramatically improving their test scores, Principal Armando Farias was left with a decision to shave his head or bleach his hair.

Friday, Farias will lose his locks.

According to fifth-grade teacher Jamey Jaramillo, the shearing of Farias' dome is the result of his challenge to students at the school in San Diego's economically disadvantaged Southcrest neighborhood to score 800 on their standardized tests during the last school year, matching the state's goal.

The school ended up with an API score of 820, an increase of 77 points over last year. Jaramillo said 90 percent of third graders were proficient or above in math.

That left Farias with his decision.

This is a monumental event as Mr. Farias is a good looking guy who has been referred to as the Mexican version of Richard Gere," Jaramillo wrote in a letter to district officials. "He his going to lose his precious locks in front of his family, school board members, staff, and most importantly, the students."

Baker is the only campus in the Lincoln High cluster to break 750, according to Jaramillo.

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