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Miami lawmaker wants grade for school under investigation

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Flagged for suspected irregularities for a second straight year, North Miami Senior High has a supporter in state Rep. Daphne Campbell.

On Tuesday, Campbell, D-Miami, sent a letter to Florida’s commissioner of education urging the state to remove the high school’s “incomplete” status and issue its letter grade, which otherwise would have been handed out in December.

“This is ridiculous,” Campbell is quoted as saying in a press release. “There is no reason why a school should have to wait to receive a report for their institution.”

Actually, there’s a very good reason, according to the Department of Education. A state contractor that ferrets out highly unusual test scores again zeroed in on the school.

A Miami-Dade district investigation found nothing amiss, but the state is still reviewing the latest batch of test results and due to state law can't comment until the probe is over.

In the meantime, Campbell warns that the wait “will no doubt send the school to back-pedal to the days of a failing school with a very low morale that will breed nothing but trouble for the school.”

--DAVID SMILEY

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