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Duval's Plan for Failing Schools Approved by State

6:52 PM, May 17, 2011   |    comments
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Duval County Public Schools' plan for its four failing schools got the OK from the state this morning.

The approved plan is very similar to one rejected by the state in March when the Duval board and DCPS Superintendent Ed Pratt-Dannals opted to create a board with community and professional leaders to manage the schools.

The plan gives managerial control of Duval's intervene schools - Andrew Jackson, Raines and Ribault high schools and North Shore K-8 -  to the newly formed Duval Partners for Excellent Education.

The State Board of Education voted unanimously to support  the partnership.

According to a statement from Duval public schools, the partnership "will only step in should the district's four intervene schools not make enough progress toward exiting the intervene status."

Scores are due out in late June. If needed, the partnership would be responsible for turning around the failing schools.

The state-mandated options were creating an emergency management organization to oversee the schools, creating charter schools or closing the schools.

Parents have mixed reviews concerning the approval of the plan:

"I'm not for it," one grandparent of a Northshore K-8 student said.

Other parents believe it is a move in the right direction.

The newly formed partnership is made up of business executives and educators. It's unclear how much members of the group will be paid.

Times-Union, First Coast News

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