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Editorial: Duval Schools Are Making Progress, State Grades Show

The Duval County public school system is so big — 128,000 students, 197 schools and nearly 12,000 employees — that any snapshot invariably is distorted.

The only fair way to assess a district this large is to look at trends.

And the trends overall are looking positive.

Duval has large numbers of students from low-income families in stressed neighborhoods, students with single parents who arrive at school without the substantial advantages of parents in wealthier neighborhoods.