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Three more Pinellas high schools to get state oversight



Three more Pinellas high schools will be falling under state oversight this fall because they failed to make enough academic progress in recent years.

Boca Ciega High, Dixie Hollins High and Lakewood High, all D-rated schools in south Pinellas, will join F-rated Gibbs High in being overseen by a team of Department of Education officials who scrutinize everything from teaching methods to disciplinary practices. The state and district will also make joint decisions about who the principals will be and which teachers should stay or go.

“I’m not saying there’s not a stigma to this, and (the schools) don’t wish it were otherwise,” said Gail Daves, regional executive director of differentiated accountability for the Florida Department of Education. “But you’ve been identified in this lowest 5 percent (of schools). You have not achieved at the level that is sufficient.”

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[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 11:00am]


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