Report card: Florida has more A and B schools

07/08/08 Mitch E. Perry
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Florida schools posted a record number of A's and B's this year in school grades that were announced today, but a majority of them also failed to meet federal standards under the No Child Left Behind Act.

The number of failing schools in the state dropped from 302 to 199; but 76% failed to make Adequate Yearly Progress under the Federal education law, up from 67 percent last year.

Last week, Department of Education Secretary Margaret Spellings included Florida in a group of six states included in a pilot program on how to administer to failing schools, which, if they continue to not show improvement, can be restructured with serious consequences attached.

Mark Pudlow is the spokesman for the Florida Education Association. He says the new rules the state now has with failing schools are not dramatically different.

In Hillsborough County, a total of 150 schools earned an A or B, and with 95 percent getting an A, B or C.

The district was graded B overall, falling just one point short of an A.

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