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Ga. committee passes report card legislation

ATLANTA (AP) -- Georgia schools would be given letter grades based on how their students perform under a bill being considered by state lawmakers.

Senate Bill 410 passed the Senate Education and Youth Committee on Thursday. The legislation is modeled after a similar system in Florida created by former Gov. Jeb Bush.

Senate President Pro Tem Tommie Williams, the lead sponsor on the bill, said the grading system would give parents and the public a clear idea of how schools are doing.

The grading system would tie into the state's recently approved federal waiver from the No Child Left Behind law.

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S.B. 410: http://www.legis.ga.gov