Low-rated, failing schools risk loss of money, have hoops to jump through

By Katie Campbell | Arizona Capitol Times

Nearly 200 schools statewide received either a D or F grade under the state’s new school rating system.

Traditional K-8 schools accounted for the majority of schools on notice with 153 receiving D grades and 31 receiving Fs. Meanwhile, a dozen 9-12 schools received Ds and four others received Fs.

Those scores may leave schools wanting for additional dollars under the governor’s results-based funding plan, which favors high-performing schools, and officials will have to act if they don’t want to lose out on even more.

Related: Arizona charter school linked to top education lawmaker gets an ‘F’

Under state law, district and charter schools that received a D grade will have to come up with an improvement plan and present those plans publicly. Schools that do not submit a plan to the state superintendent of public instruction are not eligible for money from the classroom site fund for each day the plan is overdue.

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