Number of failing Texas schools nearly doubles

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AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Texas education authorities say the number of schools falling short of minimum standards and placed on the Public Education Grant list doubled from 2012 because of newer, higher standards.

A total of 892 schools were listed in 2013, up from 456 in 2012. The list allows students to transfer from substandard schools to other campuses. Schools receiving incoming students from others on the list receive 10 percent more funding for each of those students.

At least half of the students must fail accountability tests in two of the three previous years for a school to make the list. Officials say changes in accountability systems, like the one in 2013, historically prompt sharp increases in the number of schools included on the list.

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