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Duval Schools may seek tax increase to address teacher 'crisis'

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Bob Self
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Florida Times-Union
Duval Schools Superintendent Diana Greene.

One year after Duval County Public Schools' sales-tax referendum went into effect, Jacksonville residents may be asked to vote on a ballot measure for a 1 mill property tax increase to benefit the school district.

The district is experiencing a teacher shortage "crisis" and needs to improve the experiences it provides to students interested in arts and athletics programs, Superintendent Diana Greene told School Board members Tuesday at a workshop meeting.

In a 22-page packet, the district details how teacher vacancies are at an all-time high — currently totaling around 400 — and how students' experiences play an important role when it comes to student retention rates.

Read the rest of this story at WJCT News partner The Florida Times-Union.