FL School Fires, Transfers Entire Teaching Staff Due To Poor Ratings

A Florida school district has decided to either fire or transfer its entire teaching staff at a troubled elementary school due to poor ratings from the state.

Hernando County School District officials reportedly informed Brooksville's Moton Elementary School teachers of the huge decision during a faculty meeting last week.

District spokeswoman Karen Jordan says tenured teachers will receive new assignments at other county schools for next school year, while newer teachers will have to reapply for other jobs if they want to stay with the district.

For the past two years, Moton has received a "D" rating from the Florida Department of Education. Additionally, officials say student behavior problems have increased.

Jordan says administrators wanted to give Moton a “fresh start.” 

Without the change, the state would have reportedly "taken over," leading possibly to permanent closure or reopening as a charter school.

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