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Land O' Lakes, Florida -- Pasco County schools will continue to designate valedictorians and salutatorians, but the superintendent said he is going to review the grading and grade weighting system in the district.

Superintendent Kurt Browning, in a statement released Tuesday night, said the school district held a public hearing on July 1 and only one parent spoke. The man read a letter from his daughter, who was opposed to discontinuing the valedictorian and salutatorian designations.

Browning said has talked about the issue with current and former educators, and staff.

"I want Pasco principals, school leaders, and teachers to know that I still think changing how we honor our best and brightest is the right thing to do," he said. "I believe there is a better way to recognize the highest achievers, encourage more students to strive for excellence, and eliminate the practice of recognizing only two students per school each year.

"Let me be very clear, though; I in no way advocate 'giving a trophy to every student!' "

The public hearing on the Student Progression Plan is at 9:30 a.m. Aug. 12 in the Building 3 North auditorium, 7227 Land O' Lakes Blvd., Land O' Lakes.

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