Olympia, Wash. (Metro) -- A bill introduced in the Washington Legislature this week would assign letter grades to public schools based upon criteria such as student performance and achievement gaps.
GOP Senator Steve Litzow of Mercer Island is sponsoring the measure, and says the letter grades, A, B, C, D, and F, would give parents a clear idea of how their children's schools are performing.
Schools earning A's would be eligible for teacher bonuses and gain more control of the money they receive from the state.
Under the bill, charter schools and alternative schools would be exempted from the letter-grade system unless they choose to participate.
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