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Education Commissioner Visits Duval's Challenged Schools
Education Commissioner Visits Duval's Challenged Schools

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Florida Education Commissioner Eric Smith spent time on the First Coast today checking out one of the city's four "intervene" schools.

Smith visited North Shore K-8 classrooms and talked to staff about challenges and opportunities at the school for about 90 minutes.

North Shore along with Raines, Ribault and Andrew Jackson high schools are on the state's failing schools list and are being closely monitored.

Earlier this week, the Duval County School Board forwarded to the state commissioner a plan to redesign the schools, but retain local control if the schools fail again this year.

Smith must pass judgement on local control and determine whether that follows the law. The commissioner has said that hiring an outside firm to run the schools may be necessary.

"The good news of it is, if it's not compliant that's not the end of the day. It gets sent back to the district for further work and to the community for further work," said Smith, after visiting North Shore and heading to a community meeting to discuss failing schools.

The district will hear from his office in a few days whether local control is still an option for the four failing schools, Smith said.


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