Legislature approves grading for Utah schools

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Schools will be given letter grades for their performance through a bill passed by the Utah Legislature.Republican House Majority Whip Greg Hughes of Draper says Senate Bill 59 will hold schools accountable for educating their students by giving them a grade of A through F.The bill passed the House 39-32 Wednesday night. The bill now goes to Gov. Gary Herbert for his signature.Hughes, who is the House sponsor of the bill, says school grades provide an easily understood measure for a school’s success. Challenges faced by a school, such as high immigrant populations, would be accounted for in the grading process.Democratic Rep. Tim Cosgrove of Murray, who voted against the bill, says putting a label on schools is unfair to teachers and administrators.

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