Lexington 6th graders to stay in middle school

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LEXINGTON, N.C. --The Lexington City School board voted 5-4 against moving 6th graders to elementary schools. The idea came as the school system looks for ways to improve the performance among it's middle school students.

"The data is there," said superintendent Rick Kriesky, who pointed out research from Harvard and Duke University that suggest 6th graders perform better in an elementary school environment. "It is important to look at this unless we want to accept things the way they are."

Parents were divided on the idea of placing 6th graders in the same school environment as first graders.

Educators say middle school education has struggled in performance nationwide with school systems looking for alternatives.

"Middle School education is not necessarily about school grade configuration," said board member Janice Hunter who voted against the move. "Its about effective programs and practices."

The board also voted down the idea in an 8-1 vote last September.

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