Leon County Schools

Leon County School officials are breathing sighs of relief after getting a better-than-expected report card from the state. The Department of Education released school grades for elementary, middle and combination schools. This year’s scores showed a significant drop statewide.

Across Florida, 38 percent of schools saw their grades fall. In Leon County, the number was closer to 30-percent. The Leon County School District’s Scotty Crowe says, this year’s school grades could have been much worse:

State releases last batch of FCAT test results

Jun 5, 2012

The  Florida Department of Education has released the final batch of results for this year's  science, math and reading tests for grades four through eight. And across every grade level and in every subject, students in Leon County performed higher than the state average.

" We’re pleased in the sense that generally we did better than we expected to do, and we did better than the state, but you know, you always want to do better,” said Paul Felsch, who heads the Leon County School District's Assessment Division.

Leon County Students scored higher than the state average on this year’s high school FCAT Reading test, but the results show there’s still a long way to go. About 60-percent of the district’s 10th graders and 57-percent of its 9th graders are reading on grade level. Lynn Hatter reports several high schools saw double-digit improvement on the reading test.

The Greater Tallahassee Chamber of Commerce “Improvements Review Team” is getting behind a campaign by Leon County Schools to extend a half-cent sales tax set to expire in November.  Chairman Jim Murdaugh, said it’s clear the schools need the tax.

“The $621-million that they’re asking for to cover the basic needs of the school system are in fact real, they’re valid and absent those dollars they will have no financial means to meet those needs," Murdaugh said.

The Leon County School District wants taxpayers to renew a half-cent sales tax come November. The money goes to support local school building and maintenance projects. Over the last few years, most of the money the county has used to fix up schools has come from that tax—as state support has dwindled. And as Lynn Hatter, a group of community members are now touring the county’s schools to assess the need for the tax—and to make the case to taxpayers for renewing it.

Florida education officials have released the state high school grades nearly six months after elementary and middle school grades were announced. Lynn Hatter reports Leon County is on the state’s honor roll list for the ninth year in a row.

Both Chiles and SAIL are “A” schools according to the state, with Leon, Lincoln and Rickards earning B’s. Godby saw its school grade drop down a letter grade to a C this year.

Tallahassee, FL – Two Leon County parents are being charged with not requiring their children to go to school. And not just public school, any school. The parents say they home school their children, but the charges against them tell a different story, and reveal the pitfalls of a particular brand of school choice that's a lot less regulated than all the others.

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