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Florida board considering school grading changes

TALLAHASSEE, FL (WFLX) - 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.

 

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