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111 students transfer out of Azalea Middle



Using the state's newly expanded public school vouchers, 111 students transferred out of Azalea Middle in St. Petersburg before the school year began, according to Pinellas school district data requested by The Gradebook.

Given the school had 1,067 students last year, that seems to be a sizeable hit.

In total, 343 students left six Pinellas schools where students were eligible for Opportunity Scholarships, the one-time private school voucher program that became a vehicle for public school transfers after the Florida Supreme Court ruled them unconstitutional in 2006.

We told you about the preliminary numbers two weeks ago. But we requested more detailed information from district officials and they sent it to us yesterday.

Students at each of the six schools were eligible to transfer to two other schools. The attachment below shows who went where. For some context, we also attached the official school-by-school enrollment numbers from last year.

Pinellas Park Middle also had a high number of students leave (85), according to the district data, while John Hopkins Middle, which appears to be on the rebound, picked up 91 students.

[Last modified: Thursday, August 25, 2011 12:35pm]


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