JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- On Wednesday, several key members of the Jacksonville business, nonprofit and philanthropic community jointly announced their support for the Duval County School Board and the superintendent.
The Jacksonville Civic Council, JAX Chamber, The Community Foundation for Northeast Florida, United Way of Northeast Florida and the Jacksonville Public Education Fund released in a joint statement saying they stand steadfastly behind the school board as a whole, as well as Superintendent Nikolai Vitti, and encourage them to follow through on their commitment to work with a mediator to unify and resolve their differences.
“A high quality public education system is at the heart of every great city. Our school system leaders have shown the courage to implement long-term education reforms that have resulted in significant improvements when compared to Florida’s seven largest school districts,” said Jacksonville Civic Council Chairman Edward “Ed” E. Burr. “We are pleased that Duval County School Board Chairwoman Ashley Smith Juarez clarified the purpose of Friday’s meeting, since now is not the time to discuss whether to change superintendents, as reported in the media. Rather, our school board members and superintendent should jointly focus on the quality of education for our children. We are confident that they can rise above any adversity that may exist in order to create a world class education system.”