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No Vote Today on Plan for Duval's Four Failing Schools

10:21 PM, Apr 19, 2011   |    comments
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The Duval County Public Schools Board disagreed today on a plan for the future of four intervene schools on the state's failing schools list.

The board did not vote today as planned on a new proposal for the state for the district's failing schools. Members said the board is not ready and it has postponed the vote until Thursday.

Chairman W.C. Gentry said "misinformation" was given about one of the options which could mean the loss of millions of dollars in funding for the four schools.

Gentry said it was best to go back to the table and push the vote to Thursday.

Parents of the troubled schools say the process is taking a toll on their children.

"It's kind of hard thinking maybe my school will be here tomorrow, maybe it's not going to be here tomorrow," said Darian McClenden.

His fourth-grader goes to North Shore K-8, where they made up a song to help the kids deal with the stress of taking the FCAT and what the results could mean.

"As you can see they don't want to lose their school. They want to keep their school in this district. And keep their teachers and keep growing with what they already learned," said McClenden.

The board will vote on Thursday at 3 p.m.  The state has set a deadline of May 2 for a decision.

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