Last week, the Duval County School Board briefly discussed beginning community engagement around two of Superintendent Nikolai Vitti’s proposals that would affect a significant number of students. They include:
The possibility of requiring uniforms among all elementary and middle school students.
A broad slate of boundary and magnet program changes that would affect more than a dozen schools in Jacksonville’s Southside, Westside and Northside.
A proposal to make all secondary schools open enrollment.
A full outline of the proposed boundary and magnet program changes, some of which are proposed to start in the 16-17 school year, can be found in this PDF of the presentation. Primarily, they would be aimed at addressing challenges that range from increasing focus on early learning to making better use of under-utilized schools, while expanding choice options for parents. For a full primer on Duval County’s ever-widening school choice landscape, check out this full report.
So what’s next for these proposals? The board will dive more deeply into them — and talk about what a thorough community engagement process would look like — at a workshop scheduled for September 8 at 9 a.m.
What are your thoughts on the proposals? What questions do you have? Let us know in the comments.