Parents may have complete school choice in Florida's Duval County

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Parents in Duval County may soon be able to freely pick their child’s public school for the next school year, regardless of neighborhood or school feeder pattern, thanks to a new proposal by Superintendent Nikolai Vitti to open enrollment for all Duval’s public schools.

The proposal, set for discussion by the full school board next month, would be the biggest change to the 117,000-student district since the creation of its magnet schools. It would be the first blanket, open enrollment policy of its kind among Florida’s major urban districts, Vitti said.

Vitti said he wants to win back students and parents to Duval’s traditional public schools and to stem the flow of students and funding to area charter schools and private schools.

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