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Duval Schools Cites Funding, Accountability Reform Important In Legislative Session

Lindsey Kilbride

The Duval County School Board is deciding what policies it will advocate for during the upcoming state legislative session.

An early draft of the Duval School District’s platform shows board members want increased funding for technology. With the shift from paper- to computer-based assessments, the board says there’s a need for upgrades.

The district also wants charter school grades to be kept separate from traditional public schools’.

Charters use district dollars but are operated independently. Currently charter grades are included when calculating Duval’s performance.Superintendent Nikolai Vitti has argued including charters in the calculation brings the district down because many of Duval’s charters have D and F grades.

The school district also wants control over determining school capacity.

Next year, open enrollment will begin, meaning students can cross county lines to go to other schools that have room. The law guarantees students won’t be displaced from their neighborhood school, but it also guarantees students who transfer to a school are allowed to stay there until they complete the highest grade at that school.

The state legislative session will begin in March.

Lindsey Kilbride can be reached at, 904-358-6359 or on Twitter at @lindskilbride.

Lindsey Kilbride was WJCT's special projects producer until Aug. 28, 2020. She reported, hosted and produced podcasts like Odd Ball, for which she was honored with a statewide award from the Associated Press, as well as What It's Like. She also produced VOIDCAST, hosted by Void magazine's Matt Shaw, and the ADAPT podcast, hosted by WJCT's Brendan Rivers.