Education Week gives Florida a B-

Harold Schiffman hfsclpp at
Fri Jan 9 19:48:33 UTC 2009

Florida Schools Get a B- on Policy and Performance

Last Updated: 5:53 PM Jan 7, 2009



 A new study shows Florida's schools are continuing to improve, but
there's a significant gap between students who are fluent in English
and those still learning the language. Education Week's annual Quality
Counts report card gives Florida a B-minus in policy and performance.
That's a slight improvement over last year and higher than the
national 'C' average.

Some local teachers say the gap between English speaking students and
non-English speaking students is absolutely there in schools. "I think
the biggest problem for us is that when kids come to us learning
English, there's a misnomer, because in English we don't teach the
English language. We teach *how* to use the English language," said
Stacy Fabrega, the Leon High School English Department Chair.

Teachers say one of the ways to close this gap is to implement more
programs that actually teach students how to speak English.

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