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Florida low-performing schools don't improve or shut down, study says



A new report from the conservative-leaning Fordham Foundation finds poor academic performance in Florida public schools to be "remarkably stubborn," regardless of whether they're traditional or charter schools:

"The vast majority of the state’s low-performing charter and district schools failed to make notable improvements over five years. Florida’s charter sector has, however, been more successful at closing persistently low-performing schools—one positive indication of the charter sector’s more stringent accountability policies at work."

Florida appears on par with other reviewed states: Successful turnarounds are simply few and far between, regardless of type of school, the group finds. The study was done to look at whether the Obama administration's yen for charter schools as a reform model has a basis in reality when it comes to results. See more on the study here.

[Last modified: Tuesday, December 14, 2010 11:57am]


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