Gov. Scott asks Ed Dept for English learner flexibility

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Gov. Rick Scott is asking the U.S. Department of Education not to hold Florida schools and teachers accountable for English language learner student achievement until after two years of instruction.

Scott made the request alongside Miami-Dade Public Schools Superintendent Alberto Carvalho on Wednesday.

Carvalho said counting the scores of English learners in achievement measures after one year was “unfair and unreasonable.” He said there is a notable jump in proficiency after two years.

Florida was granted a waiver extension from No Child Left Behind earlier this month, but federal officials declined Florida’s request regarding English language learner student accountability.

Scott said that if their request is denied, he will “review every legal option available to us.”