Florida to keep in place school grading safety net


Published: Tuesday, October 15, 2013 at 11:10 a.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, October 15, 2013 at 11:10 a.m.

TALLAHASSEE — Florida is going to keep in place a controversial safety net provision for the state's school grading system.

The State Board of Education voted by a 4-2 margin on Tuesday to keep in place a rule that would limit a school's A-to-F grade from dropping more than one letter at a time.

The rule when first proposed earlier this year was called "temporary."

But state education officials argue that the safety net provision is needed until the state completely transitions to new standards. Those new standards — which have come under fire from conservative groups — take effect during the 2014-15 school year.

Some board members criticized the decision to keep the safety net in place until school grades are handed out in the summer of 2016.

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