JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Top officials at Duval County Schools have changed their mind about who they want to manage four intervene schools.
Superintendent Ed Pratt-Dannals said the responsibilities being placed on Duval Partners for Excellent Education were simply too great.
He is hoping the state will grant the district's appeal to allow local control for one more year.
In a statement released Thursday night, Pratt-Dannals said, "I continue to believe that a one-year extension of the district turnaround program is appropriate. We have made academic progress in all four of our intervene schools and changed the climate and culture to one of performance."
If the state denies that appeal, which is likely, Pratt-Dannals said the school board would contract with a Miami-based company to manage the schools.
The state board will vote on the appeal Tuesday in Tampa.
The four intervene schools in Duval County are North Shore K-8, Ribault, Raines and Andrew Jackson high schools.
According to DCPS, an Intervene school is a school that meets the following criteria:
Current "F" elementary or middle schools that have earned at least four "F" grades in the last six school years.
High schools and high school combination schools that have earned less that 395 FCAT performance points and have earned at least four "F" grades in the last six school years (counting the current year's FCAT performance points less than 395 as one year).
"D" Correct II elementary or middle schools or "F" elementary or middle schools or Correct II high schools and high school combination schools with FCAT performance points less than 435 that meet at least 3 of the following criteria:
1. Percentage of non-proficient students in reading has increased compared to the percentage attained five years earlier
2. Percentage of non-proficient students in math has increased compared to the percentage attained five years earlier
3. 65% or more of the students are not proficient in reading
4. 65% or more of the students are not proficient in math
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