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Florida education department steps in to force reform of Gadsden schools

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Bilde They've failed for six straight years. Reforms put in place have helped Gadsden County's high schools make some progress, but not nearly enough.

Now the Florida Department of Education is saying enough is enough. It has sent a team in to press for a sweeping overhaul of the way East Gadsden and West Gadsden high schools are run.

"We both agree, myself and the district, that there needed to be changes at both schools," deputy chancellor Nikolai Vitti told the Tallahassee Democrat.

New principals and assistant principals already have been appointed. Talk abounds of a transformation, from the way students view their school to the way teachers teach them. The superintendent sports a "No Excuses" button and says he means it.

"I think all kids can learn," superintendent Reginald James (above) told the Democrat. "The bottom line is, if you're teaching them, they will learn."

The big question, though, is whether a poor community that has gotten no new funding can dig itself out of its hole. The schools involved here have had trouble getting certified teachers, among all its other problems. We've got to wonder whether a leadership change will be enough. Stay tuned.

[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 10:29am]

    

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