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First School Board Candidate Forum is tonight at Atlantic Coast High

Six nonprofit organizations have joined forces to educate the citizens of Duval County and increase participation in school board elections on August 14, 2012.

Candidate forums, a detailed education policy questionnaire, voter turnout activities and the website schoolboard2012.org are the focus of a partnership between the Jacksonville Public Education Fund, the Duval County Council of PTAs, Save Duval Schools, the Jacksonville Kids Coalition, the Jacksonville Urban League and WJCT Public Broadcasting.

This year’s school board election is vitally important, with numerous major changes and policy issues facing our schools. Three seats are open, and a fourth is contested.

Candidate forums begin this JULY 24 on the following schedule:

District 7 – 6-8 p.m., Tuesday, July 24, Atlantic Coast High School

District 1 – 6-8 p.m., Thursday, July 26, Terry Parker High School

District 5 – 6-8 p.m., Tuesday, July 31, William Raines High School

District 3 – 7-9 p.m., Thursday, August 2, Englewood High School

Locate your district and learn about candidates at www.schoolboard2012.org

In addition, each candidate received a questionnaire created by the partners, and the answers are published on schoolboard2012.org. The questionnaire includes 24 detailed questions on issues including but not limited to:

- The search for a new superintendent of Duval County Public Schools

- School choice and the magnet system

- Finance and budgeting in a time of declining resources

- Accountability and teacher evaluations

Also on schoolboard2012.org, voters can find links to ensure they are aware of their precinct and district (as redistricting has changed many neighborhoods’ school board district), candidate biographies and videos, and additional information.

The Jacksonville Public Education Fund, Save Duval Schools, Duval County PTA, Jacksonville Kids Coalition, Jacksonville Urban League and WJCT are nonpartisan organizations. None of the groups support or endorse any specific candidate.

For more information, contact:

Deirdre Conner, Jacksonville Public Education Fund (904) 345-0597

Colleen Wood, Save Duval Schools (904) 591-3207

SOURCE: Deirdre Conner, Jacksonville Public Education Fund

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