Education commissioner claims kids don’t need ‘Taj Mahals’ regarding DCPS need for new schools

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Wooden beams are holding up the ceiling inside one Duval County elementary school classroom.

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That’s why district leaders want a referendum to raise the sales tax by half-a-cent, to fix its aging buildings. 

Florida Education Commissioner Richard Corcoran is skeptical.

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“You can teach Plato under a tree. Building kids Taj Mahals is not going to change their educational outcome,” Corcoran said.

Superintendent Dr. Diana Greene disagreed with Corcoran’s Taj Mahal comparison.

“Well, we’re not looking at Taj Mahal structures. We have the oldest facilities in the state of Florida. We

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