It's Report Card Day For Florida Schools

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Last week, Hillsborough County School Superintendent MaryEllen Elia was invited to be part of the governor's news conference this morning, where he will announce school grades for this year.

Elia is bringing along Alexander Elementary Principal Manuel Duran.

ELIA: Alexander Elementary consistently over the life of the FCAT and the grading system in Florida has made gains, and we believe that they will be an 'A' school this year.

In 1999, Alexander was a 'D' school and struggling with a large number of students with other languages.

ELIA: We have a dual language program there and many of the students have participated in the dual language program. We think that has been a contributor to their success.

Elia says overall, the district has made significant gains. Last year, three elementary schools were graded as failing by the state. But it's expected this year those grades will have improved.

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