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Educators: Parents have misconceptions about 'failing schools'

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Alabama's new "Accountability Act" to get kids out of failing schools may be causing some confusion for parents.

Educators said some parents have misconceptions Huntsville City Schools had nine schools considered failing but are they really? The answer to that is, not anymore.

School leaders are urging parents not to bail out on schools that are actually improving.

According to the new law, "failing schools" are those where test scores have come up short in three of the past six years. It's not factoring in the vast improvements schools on the list of nine in Huntsville have made.

Dawson Elementary was only 57 percent proficient in reading and math in 2010 but rose to 81 percent in 2012.

Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary was only 60 percent proficient and they jumped to 87 percent in the same time.

Lakewood is improving from a 62 percent in 2010 to 77 percent in 2012.

Huntsville City Schools Community Relations Director Rena Anderson said it's almost like the schools are being penalized for the past six years and not considering the progress that is happening today.

The three elementary schools already qualify to be off the list but have to stay on because of the way the accountability act is written.

"We just don't want our parents to pull their child out of school that is already progressing and already achieving and they are on the trajectory path for growth so we want our parents to support Huntsville city schools and support their child in the school that they are already in," said Anderson.

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