Florida public-school districts bracing for lower graduation rates because of new law

“One sentence in a new state law could drag down graduation rates across the state.

School districts are expecting lower graduation numbers for the Class of 2017 after learning students who left for some private schools no longer will be counted as graduates.

They will be dropouts.

Lawmakers included the new rule in a massive education bill this spring on the heels of a Department of Education investigation into whether districts boosted graduation rates by funneling students who can’t pass state tests to alternative schools.”

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