Jacksonville education summit wraps up

Published On: Mar 11 2013 12:31:21 PM EDT
Updated On: Mar 01 2013 04:27:31 PM EST
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -

It's a partnership between the city and the school system aimed at improving education in Jacksonville.

A two-day education summit wrapped up Friday.

Duval County Superintendent Nikolai Vitti spoke during one of Friday's sessions at the Main Library downtown.

The community-wide gathering touched on parental involvement, mentoring, energizing the community, parental advocacy, early learning and other topics.

Mayor Alvin Brown plans to make the summit an annual event.

"I think it's very important to continue to build on -- focus on best practices on what can we do to improve how we accelerate the achievement gap and closing it," Brown said. "How do we make sure, for example, that the parent gathering continues to really reach out and go deep into the community?"

The summit began Thursday as Bill Cosby visited town. He spoke to students at Raines High school, then went before a crowd Thursday night at the Florida Theatre.

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