Duval County teems with educational choices — numerous private and public schools, a growing bevy of charter schools, and specialty magnet schools taking the place of some neighborhood schools.
Yet for all the choices, most of Jacksonville’s poor, African-American students are overwhelmingly isolated at school.
According to a recent Jacksonville Public Education Fund (JPEF) white paper, the students are doubly segregated and doubly disadvantaged.
“Many of Jacksonville’s low-income and African American students are isolated in schools on the north and west sides of town,” the study says. “It is an issue of equity that so many of Jacksonville’s African American are not receiving the benefits of racial and economic diversity.”