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New Duval Failing Schools to be Run by Outsiders, Says Superintendent
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Duval County recently had three schools added to the intervene list, and the district has decided those schools will likely be supervised by Educational Directives.

Superintendent Ed Pratt-Dannals is recommending to the board that Educational Directions oversee the three struggling schools  new to the intervene list.

The outside group was recently hired to oversee four struggling schools already on the list, Raines High, Ribault High, Jackson High and North Shore Elementary.

The board will vote on the recommendation next week. It will cost $825,000 in addition to the $1 million for the original four. The money will come from federal school improvement money already designated for the intervene schools.

"It takes courage to say wait a minute, I am going to look to someone else to take the management role and I am proud of the superintendent for doing that" said board chairman W.C. Gentry.

Gentry supports the move, calling it "bold," and said Educational Directions is the best outfit in the country to offer oversight, coaching and data collection at the struggling schools.

"We've got to get it right, because what happens is once the cycle starts, with opportunity scholarships, children can leave these schools and we see an exodus of kids from these schools, many of them high achieving students and that makes it that much harder for some of them to get out of the hole."

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