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10 North Alabama schools on failing list

9 Huntsville schools and 1 Decatur school made the latest failing schools list. (Source: MGN Composite) 9 Huntsville schools and 1 Decatur school made the latest failing schools list. (Source: MGN Composite)

The new list of failing schools in Alabama is out. On that list are ten schools in the Tennessee Valley. These schools are ones that scored in the bottom six percent of all schools in the state for at least three of the last six years.

There are a total of 70 schools on the list (PDF). Five were added and four were dropped off, but none of those were in North Alabama. Ten schools in our area remain on the list, including Brookhaven Middle School in Decatur.

While Brookhaven remains on the list, significant progress has been made in the last six years. The school has gone from 52% in 2008 to 75% in 2013. This year, the school is not in the bottom six percentile; in fact, it scored the third highest of all the schools on the list.

Brookhaven remains on the failing schools list, however, because the law says it must clear the six-year rule before being dropped.

"It is very discouraging to the faculty and the parents get frustrated," said Decatur Superintendent Dr. Ed Nichols. "It's just not fair to do that to a group that has made progress. The sad part is the way the law is written, there will always be people failing because it's the bottom six percent."

The other nine schools on the list are in Huntsville: Butler High, Chapman Middle, Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary, Davis Hills Middle, Johnson High, Lakewood Elementary, James Dawson Elementary, and Westlawn Middle.

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