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State to Investigate Graduation Rates for Alternative Charter Schools

Florida Board of Education members said Wednesday morning they support the state’s review of graduation rates at alternative schools like an Orange County school that a national news story described as a dumping ground for struggling students.

A ProPublica story last month reported that alternative schools like Sunshine High School near Orlando are “release valves,” taking in students unlikely to graduate on time to improve the traditional high schools’ graduation rate.

Gary Chartrand, a member of the state board of education, described the claim as a “very serious allegation” and said he wanted to hear a report on the matter as quickly as possible.

The department will look specifically at students who transfer to alternative schools.