School Grades Released
Kristen Roberts' 6-year-old daughter would be in private school if her public school wasn't making the grade.
"Since the grade is high up where we live that was definitely part of our decision making process, we factored that in," said Roberts.
The Florida Department of Education released its annual report grading schools based on FCAT results. More than half of the state's schools received As. Overall grades were better this year than they were a year ago.
Five of the state's worst schools were able to turn their programs around and raise their grades from an F to an A.
A $4 billion state budget shortfall put a huge dent in education funding. Teachers are being laid off, programs cut, and even the State Commissioner of Education says schools need more money.
"Good student achievement does require a financial commitment that will need to be recovered at some point in the future, but I think this year you're going to see the continued kind of effort you've seen in the past in Florida, that we're going to move ahead and I'm very optimistic about next years results," said Commissioner of Education Eric Smith.
Florida School Board's Association Spokesman Wayne Blanton isn't as upbeat.
"We're laying off people who are working with our students everyday to improve the grades," said Blanton. "I don't think you can continue to see this as a trend of schools going up if there's not additional funding coming from the legislature."
Last year, more than 80 schools received F's. This year, 45 received a failing grade.
To view your school's grade, click on the link below.http://schoolgrades.fldoe.org
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