Published: Jul 19, 2011 5:35 PM EDT
Updated: Jul 19, 2011 4:35 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) - The Florida Board of Education has approved waivers for eight schools that were in danger of being closed or converted into charters because of low academic performance.

Amid pleas from school and community leaders, the board agreed at its meeting Tuesday in Tampa on to allow districts to continue managing the schools for another year.

Four of the schools are located in Duval County, three in Miami-Dade and one in Escambia.

The Miami-Dade schools in question include Miami Central Senior High School, which President Barack Obama visited earlier this year to highlight efforts to turn around failing schools. While performance has improved, just 15 percent of students at the school are proficient in reading.

Plans for improvement have been developed for each school.

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