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Relief was one, because the state could have closed the school or converted it to a parent-run charter school, but there also was frustration that efforts made by Antelope Valley High staff to improve students' academic performance have come to naught.
The interest that these students expressed in "the politics of authenticity" might have come to naught, however, if the cultural ethos that these organizations helped produce did not merge, in the early l960s, with the burgeoning civil rights movement.
While these steps are helpful, all these efforts can come to naught if an organization fails to maintain vigilance in guarding its data.