Duval County Public Schools is among the few major urban school districts that does not have a secondary source of revenue to supplement property tax revenues. Many Florida school districts — including adjacent Clay and St. Johns counties — have imposed impact fees on development or raised sales taxes to generate revenue. Others have raised their property tax rates.
Whether residents of other, less affluent areas of town will be as supportive at upcoming meetings in their communities remains to be seen. Compared to Mandarin, they have lower incomes and older schools. But their children should have access to the same state-of-the-art educational facilities as children who attend newer schools, Greene said.
“There is an inequity. I don’t know that we’re at severe inequity,” she said.
We as Teach For America believe systems change at every level will be the impotus that facilitates an equitable education for all. We as a district are in the midst of a systems change that will have major impact on classrooms for decades to come. Do not let your voice and experience be silent! The time to act is now!