JACKSONVILLE, Fla.-- Hundreds came together to move public education forward. It's all part of the 2nd annual 'One By One' Convention.
More than 400 delegates from across Duval County spent Saturday at the Prime Osborn Convention Center reviewing progress made over the last year. Attendees had one goal in mind: to further the joint community and district priorities for public education. "I think technology is one of the top priorities that they (the students) talked about. They talked about smaller classrooms, more teachers, having mentors. So all of these things are doable and achievable if we work together," said Jacksonville's Mayor Alvin Brown.
The group will now work together to take action on the items needed for achievement in the upcoming year. "We take all of the recommendations, put them together and make a presentation to the school superintendent and the school board and let them know all the ideas that came up today and then figure out how to implement the key ones," Brown said.
Then, they will work together to pledge their action items for the upcoming year.
The delegates are made up of a diverse set of passionate public education advocates from all over Duval County. Superintendent Nikolai Vitti, School Board Chair Becki Couch and Mayor Alvin Brown were also in attendance. Local students also got their chance to weigh in. "What we believe is going well is is the new changes with the lessons and how the material is being taught to us. I think what we still need to work on as Duval County Public Schools is motivation...motivating us more to be better and push forward in school," says Terry Parker High School Student Jaquon Baker.
"What I love is that a lot of our students are focused. They want to make sure they have access to technology, they believe in smaller sized classrooms, they want to make sure they have qualified teachers. They know what they need. And I think as caring adults, we should help them," says Brown.