Florida Board Considering School Grading Changes

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- More failing schools are expected in
Florida if the State Board of Education makes changes sought by
Education Commissioner Gerard Robinson.

The board will consider revamping Florida's A-to-F school
grading system on Tuesday in Tallahassee.

Critics say the changes would result in more schools being
eligible for take-over by for-profit charter school companies.

Robinson says a tougher grading system is necessary to help
Florida compete on a global level.

He contends the present grading scheme is unacceptable because
it's possible to get an "A" even though three out of four
students cannot read on grade level.

Such a school would get an automatic "F" even if its overall
grade was higher under the proposed rule changes.

Opposition has come from local school officials and parent
groups.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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