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Tuesday, May 19, 2009

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Lee County School Honored for Outstanding Federal and State Achievements

Lehigh Elementary School in Lee County was recognized during today’s State Board of Education meeting in Tampa for its incredible performance on both state and federal accountability standards. The school, which has a student population of more than 57 percent who are economically disadvantaged, has made significant progress in closing the achievement gap between White and minority students for the last two years, maintained a state school grade of “A” for the last two years and has met stringent federal requirements known as Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) for two consecutive years.

Department of Education Commissioner Dr. Eric J. Smith says of the school:
“Lehigh Elementary proves that educational excellence and quality do not have to be victims of challenge. The students, teachers and administrators at this school are showing not just our state, but also the nation, that hard work and dedication do make a difference and that success is achievable in any learning environment. My heartfelt congratulations go out to the school and I look forward to seeing what else they can accomplish as we move forward.”