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Spring Lake schools work to improve ratings


54-YEAR-OLD TIMOTHY JOHNSON WAS ARRESTED AFTER HE PULLED DOWN HIS PANTS AND EXPOSED HIMSELF. HE FACES CHARGES FOR RESISTING ARREST. WE TALKED TO YOU ABOUT A PLAN TO RETURN SCHOOL PERFORMANCE GRADES TO A 15 POINT BE SYSTEM. THEY VOTED TO CHANGE IT TO A 10 POINT SCALE BUT THAT MEANS SOME SCHOOLS COULD GET LOWER GRADES. SHEENA ELZIE IS JOINING US LIVE. Reporter: WELL, THERE ARE FOUR SCHOOL IN CASE SPRING LAKE THAT HAVE BEEN STRUGGLING. THIS MIDDLE SCHOOL IS ONE OF THEM AND IT COULD GET HARDER FOR THEM AS SCHOOL LEADERS TRY AND MAKE THE GRADES. FOR 11 YEARS LARRY DOBBINS WAS TEACHER AT SPRING LAKE MIDDLE SCHOOL. NOW AS THE MAYOR HE SAYS THE TOWN IS BECOMING KNOWN FOR A PROBLEM IN THE SCHOOLS. SOMETIMES WE REALLY ARE MISSEN IDENTIFIED AS NOT BEING GOOD SCHOOLS. ARE OUT OF FOUR SCHOOL IN CASE SPRING LAKE TWO ARE GETTING D OVERALL AND A F TO TWO SUBJECTS IS. HIGHER PERFORMING SCHOOLS ARE GETTING A C. THEY GIVE THE GRADES BASED ON A 15 POINT SCALE. LAWMAKERS VOTED TO MAKE THE NUMBER HIGH TORE A 10 POINT SCALE. THAT WOULD DEFINITELY POSE A CHALLENGE AS IT RELATES TO THE WAY TO IDENTIFY — Reporter: MAKING IT HARDER FOR THE ALREADY STRUGGLING SCHOOLS TO MAKE THE GRADE. WE WANT TO HOLD PARENT, STUDENTS, TEACHERS ACOUNTABLE FOR THE RESULTS. Reporter: THERE IS A PUSH TO GO BACK TO THE OLD 15 POINT SYSTEM WHILE SCHOOL DISTRICT LEADERS ARE TRYING TO FIND SOLUTIONS. EFFORTS ARE TRYING TO COME UP WITH A FIVE YEAR STRATEGIC PLAN. WE HAVE A SITUATION WHERE MANY FAMILIES ARE IN POVERTY. THOSE SCHOOLS HAVE DIFFERENT CHALLENGES AND OBSTACLES AND MAYBE SCHOOLS IN MORE SOCIOECONOMICALLY ADVANTAGED AREAS. MAYBE THEY CAN PROVIDE ADDITIONAL SUPPORT. I WOULD LOVE TO GET BACK INTO THE SCHOOL MYSELF TO TRY TO DO SOME OF THE THINGS THAT I THINK MADE ME A SUCCESS AS A TEACHER. Reporter: TO TRY TO HELP STUDENTS MAKE HIGHER GRADES. Reporter: NOW THERE WAS A MEETING LAST NIGHT WITH THE MAYOR DISTRICT LEADERS AND COMMUNITY MEMBERS WHERE THEY BROUGHT UP THOSE CONCERNS. DISTRICT LEADERS PLAN TO

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