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ENLACE likes new accountability system



The state's new approach to helping the state's most struggling schools is getting a thumbs up from ENLACE Florida, a group seeking to increase educational opportunities for Latinos and other under-represented students.

The new approach, which blends the state accountability system with the federal system mandated by No Child Left Behind, "could make Florida a national leader in efforts to evaluate and improve school performance," ENLACE wrote in a policy research brief released today.

The brief takes a closer look at the 13 schools that the state says need the most help under the new system, including Middleton High, Franklin Middle Magnet and Sulphur Springs Elementary in Hillsborough. The brief contains a barrage of depressing statistics about each school, including the percentage of newly hired (and probably less effective) teachers that are brought on board every year.

Click here for a recent St. Petersburg Times story on the woes at Middleton.

- Ron Matus, state education reporter

[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 9:55am]


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