Ariz. lawmakers like Fla. schools' letter grades

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PHOENIX -- Several key Arizona legislators say they like Florida's use of A-through-F letter grades for schools.

The House and Senate Education committees on Thursday heard a briefing by former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush on recent changes adopted by his state to improve its K-12 education system.

Those included letter grades, cash incentives for improved performances and retain third-graders who can't read.

House Speaker Kirk Adams said Arizona lawmakers should consider "a portfolio" of reforms, but both he and Senate Education Chairman John Huppenthal both singled out letter grades as providing more clarity and incentive for schools to improve.

Arizona's current system now uses words and phrases such as "underperforming" and "excelling."

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