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Schools

More FCAT grades improve than decline

By ELISABETH DYER
Published June 30, 2006


FCAT scores were cause for celebration at most area schools, which saw more grades improve than decline.

Last year's three F schools in Hillsborough County went up at least one letter grade. Potter and Edison elementaries earned C's and Just Elementary made a D.

At Edison, principal Larry Sykes enlisted help from parents and volunteers from Mayor Pam Iorio's office, the Sheriff's Office and Bay Area Legal Services. In spite of high poverty rates, school officials accepted no excuses and set high expectations for students.

"We had a focus in mind and everybody jumped on board," Sykes said.

- ELISABETH DYER

[Last modified June 29, 2006, 10:51:10]


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