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Update: New Plan Keeps 4 Failing Duval Schools Open, Adds Oversight

7:30 PM, Mar 1, 2011   |    comments
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The four failing schools in Duval County will be kept open, according to a new proposal from the school board.

The Florida Department of Education rejected the district's proposed plan in early February to redesign, but retain control of the four Duval schools on the "intervene" list. Those schools are: North Shore K-8, and Raines, Ribault and Andrew Jackson high schools.

The Duval board is proposing a new oversight board for the four to study how to improve them and get them off the failing list.

The options available to the district are creating charter schools, hiring an outside management organization or closing the schools.

The state Department of Education wants to see a plan that could be implemented later this year in the event the schools do not get passing school grades based on the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test.

The school board in January voted to redesign the academic programs at the four schools and incorporate local agencies to assist families and students. The board also expressed its desire to retain administrative control. 

The proposed committee would seek a broader grade range when classifying schools. The volunteer board will be made up of community leaders and board members. 

Board members said this evening that they felt validated by a letter sent by the Florida Assoc. of District School Superintendents on Monday saying that standards set for public schools are too stringent.

In the letter, addressed to state commissioner of education Eric J. Smith, superintendents agree that the state should figure out a way to better accommodate the schools

It also says charter schools wouldn't be successful in urban Florida areas.

Duval Partnership for Educational Excellence Board:

John Baker: Chairman of the Board, KIPP Jacksonville; Chairman of the Board, Tiger Academy; Executive Chairman, Patriot Transportation; Former CEO, Florida Rock and Patriot Transportation

Pete Carpenter: Former CEO and Vice Chairman of the Board, CSX Railroad

Carrie Davis: Executive Director, Wealth Watchers 

Hugh Greene: President/CEO, Baptist Health Systems; Chairman of the Board, Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce

Adam Herbert: Former President, University of North Florida; Former Chancellor State University of Indiana 

Ken Manuel: Associate State Director, SACS/CASI Advanced Education; Former Regional Superintendent, Duval County Public Schools 

Estelle McKissick: Director, BEST Academy at Bethel Baptist Institutional Church; Former Principal, Duval County Public Schools

Roslyn Phillips: Chief Community Officer, City of Jacksonville

Dr. Roy Singleton: Retired Associate Professor of Education, University of North Florida; Acting Chairperson, Communications Department, Edward Waters College

Marcella Washington: Professor of Political Science, Florida State College of Jacksonville
Dr. Alvin White: Educational Field Consultant/Immediate Past Florida Chair, SACS/CASI Advanced Education; Former Chief of Staff, Duval County Public Schools      

Reverend Marvin Zanders Pastor: St. Paul A.M.E. Church


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