JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The Duval County School Board will need a new improvement plan for the city's four failing schools according to state Commissioner of Education Eric Smith.
"He's basically asking us to say what we'll do if they fail," said Duval County school board member W.C. Gentry.
The Florida Department of Education rejected the district's proposed plan to redesign, but retain control of the four schools on the "intervene" list. Those schools are: North Shore K-8, and Raines, Ribault and Andrew Jackson high schools.
The options available to the district are creating charter schools, hiring an outside management organization or closing the schools.
The Department of Education wants to see a plan that could be implemented later this year in the event the schools do not get passing school grades based on the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test.
"We're not going to do something that's arbitrary and capricious that's not in the best interest of our schools," said Gentry.
The school board last month voted to redesign the academic programs at the four schools and incorporate local agencies to assist families and students. The board also expressed its desire to retain administrative control.
"Our first goal is to make significant progress in each of these four schools, so much that it will be recommended by the commissioner to the state board to continue with the plan in place," said school Superintendent Ed Pratt-Dannals.
Duval County school board members will meet with the state Board of Education February 15th to talk about their plan in more detail, in hopes they'll also agree their plan is the best option.
First Coast News