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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Superintendent Nikolia Vitti decided to take a step back on his plans to make open enrollment district policy.

The board had scheduled a vote on the proposal that would have given parents the option of enrolling their children in schools outside their neighborhood.

Vitti, surrounded by school board members and several African-American ministers announced he was taking his idea off the table.

"It would have divided community, would have lead to distrust," said Vitti on why he made the decision.

When Vitti announced his plans weeks ago, he said something needed to be done to stop the number of students opting for private and charter schools.

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Vitti said the exodus next year would cost the district $50 million.

Ministers in attendance praised the superintendent for reversing course due to their fear that open enrollment would have resulted in schools being closed and neighborhoods going deeper into decline.

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