Factors outside of classroom affect students grades

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Capitol News Desk) - A new survey of the country’s educators shows those on the front-line in Florida are seeing students face problems outside the classroom at a rate higher than the national average.

More than half of Florida’s teachers say the lack of parent involvement is a major problem. Fifty-five percent think students suffer from inadequate access to the internet.

Nationwide the survey response was just 48 percent for both.

Internet access can be a difficult hurdle for some students. Many assignments are now online and the internet is often the go to place for research.

"Then those students go back to school the next day without having completed those assignments and it puts them at a disadvantage,” Andrea Messina, the Executive Director of Florida School Boards Association, said.

About three percent of Florida schools have gotten D’s or F’s for three straight years. That’s more 100 schools.

In impoverished areas, 70 percent of Florida teachers reported a lack of family involvement in student learning, compared to just 26 percent in areas with low poverty levels.

Jason Flom, president of Corner Stone Learning Academy and an educational advocate, said Florida needs to do a better job at addressing students individual needs especially in impoverished areas.

“So if you've got issues at home, poverty, broken home, family crisis, homelessness, temporary homelessness, coming to school hungry those are the shoes that we need to fix first before we can ever do anything academically speaking,” said Flom.

The newly enacted and controversial Schools of Hope program will fund wrap around services like after school programs for 25 of Florida’s perpetually under-performing schools. More than 75 other low performing schools will have to do without.