TAMPA, Fla. -- The state Board of Education has voted to allow Duval County's four failing schools to remain under district control for another year, rather than appointing a third party to manage them.
Several board members expressed reluctance and one said this was one of the most difficult decisions she has made. The vote was 5-1.
Chairperson Kathleen Shanahan expressed her displeasure with progress being made in the four schools, but ultimately voted to give the district a waiver and allow one more year.
Another board member, Roberto Martinez, said he personally wants to visit the four failing schools to see firsthand what is and is not being done.
Duval County Public Schools Superintendent Ed Pratt-Dannals traveled to Tampa for the meeting.