10:18 AM EDT, May 22, 2013
The Seminole County school district -- and neighboring Brevard County's -- are "academically high performing," based on Florida's annual designation.
Both have earned the title in previous years. Seminole, in fact, has been so-named for six consecutive years.
This year, there were 17 school districts -- out of 67 -- named "high performing." The designation is based on district grades, school grades, compliance with Florida's class-size rules and a clean financial audit.
Though Brevard has two F-rated centers for students with disabilities, they are not district run, so they did not disqualify it as F schools normally would.
School districts with the "high performing" designation are free from some rules, most notably the state mandate about when school can start.
That is why Seminole typically starts the new school year a week sooner than most
The 15 other districts with the designation are: Calhoun, Charlotte, Citrus, Clay, Gulf, Indian River, Leon, Martin, Monroe, Nassau, Okaloosa, Palm Beach, St. Johns, Sumter, Wakulla and Walton.
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