DCPS Superintendent pushing open enrollment

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Duval County Public Schools Superintendent Nikolai Vitti is pushing for open enrollment in the district.

The move would allow parents the ability to choose their child's school -- regardless of neighborhood or school feeder pattern.

DCPS lost over $50 million in 2012 in revenue because students are opting out. Over the last 10 to 15 years in Florida, Superintendent Nikolai Vitti says there has been an increase in choice options due to charter schools and scholarships.

DCPS is seeing more students leave their boundary schools.

"The only way we will become more competitive in this market is to give parents more choices," said Vitti.

Lee Watters has a son who is in seventh grade at Fletcher Middle School, and he is in the school's gifted program. Watters is concerned about exactly how the school system will implement open enrollment and says transportation could be a serious obstacle.

"If it's just flat out open enrollment go to anywhere you want to, I think it's a recipe for chaos," Watters said.

Open enrollment could go into effect in the spring and begin the next school year if the board approves it. The proposal goes to the board Thursday and then an official vote is expected to be held in April.


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