Hillsborough, Pasco gain high-performing status
Today the Florida Board of Education granted academically high-performing status to 21 of the state's 67 school districts. Pasco and Hillsborough made the list for the first time.
Districts can receive the recognition by earning an A from the state for two consecutive years, and having no schools with an F grade. They also must meet class-size reduction requirements and have no material weaknesses in their most recent financial audits.
The benefit comes in the ability to waive certain state mandates, not the least of which is the requirement to start school no sooner than two weeks before Labor Day. Pasco district officials say they plan to take full advantage of all the possibilities. Stay tuned.