March 7, 2017 - The First District Court of Appeal has ruled in favor of the Florida Department of Education and Hernando County School District regarding third grade progression.
Commissioner Pam Stewart issued the following statement:
“Every child, regardless of their zip code or upbringing, should have the opportunity for a great education in Florida, and we appreciate the Court ruling in favor of sound public policy that has proven to be in the best interest of Florida’s students. Data illustrates the fact that Florida’s students have made significant strides since the inception of the state’s accountability system, and we have a duty to maintain its integrity. The Court’s ruling will benefit Florida’s students and families by upholding the public policies that have resulted in impressive reading gains over the past 15 years. We are committed to making Florida the best place in the world to receive an education, and we will continue advocating for our state’s students.”
To read the court order in full, click here: https://edca.1dca.org/DCADocs/2016/3932/163932_1287_03072017_111848_i.pdf