Bill Passes Setting Up Rating System For Schools

Montgomery, AL – The Alabama House has passed a bill that would establish a comprehensive system to grade the performance of schools and school systems.

The bill by Republican Rep. Terri Collins of Decatur passed the House late Thursday 89-5. It now goes to the Senate.

Collins said the ratings would give parents a way of knowing how their children's schools are performing. She said the ratings would by based on a data-based assessment of school performance. Schools would be given a grade of A, B, C, D or F just like students receive on their report cards.

The grading system is similar to one used in Florida.

Republican House Speaker Mike Hubbard of Auburn said he supports the change and feels it will help communities keep informed about the performance of schools.

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