State Board of Education to vote on Polk schools turnaround efforts

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School performance across the state, including eight schools in Polk County, is expected to be the topic of discussion and a vote today by the Florida Board of Education.

  • State Board of Education voting on school turnaround efforts, including 8 in Polk County
  • Schools have received D or F grades by the state
  • Polk schools are: Bartow Middle, Combee Elementary, Crystal Lake Middle, Eagle Lake Elementary, Garner Elementary, Griffin Elementary, Lake Marion Creek Middle and Palmetto Elementary

The Board is addressing "D" or "F" rated schools that were automatically entered into the states "Differentiated Accountability" (DA) program.

The meeting, taking place at the Tampa Airport Marriott, may determine the fate of several struggling schools, including eight struggling middle and elementary schools in Polk.  

Officials are set to vote on turnaraound plans to help the Polk schools that the state has threatened to close if the new plans did not show improvement. 

The Polk schools seeking approvals today: Bartow Middle, Combee Elementary, Crystal Lake Middle, Eagle Lake Elementary, Garner Elementary, Griffin Elementary, Lake Marion Creek Middle and Palmetto Elementary.  

Meanwhile, Boone, Denison, Kathleen, Lake Alfred-Addair and Westwood middle school are already under a turnaround program. The board has given those schools until 2017-18 to show improvement.

School officials said the schools still have some options for their turnaround plans.

They can change district management, close schools, convert them to charter schools or bring in an outside party to run the schools. 

All totaled, state officials are eyeing almost 70 schools in 24 school districts that are implementing turnaround options. 

The Board of Education is specifically set to address the fate of 46 of those schools today. 

Bay News 9 – news

September 23, 2016 |

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