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Duval County Superintendent Nikolai Vitti is now one of two finalists for Detroit Public Schools Community District superintendent after the third candidate, Orlando Ramos of Milwaukee Public Schools, dropped out Thursday night, according to Detroit NPR member station WDET.

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Duval County School teachers reported improved school culture in the 2015-2016 school year, according to the 2016 Instructional Culture Index survey.

Colleges Balk At Budget Cuts

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TALLAHASSEE — State college presidents on Friday expressed dismay that the 28-school system is being targeted for three-quarters of the cuts in the Florida Senate's initial plan to trim $131 million in higher-education spending.

“It is of great concern that the first thing out of the chute is a 74 percent reduction impacting the Florida college system and it is directed at programs that support our most at-risk student populations,” said Ed Meadows, president of Pensacola State College and the chairman of the Council of Presidents, which represents all the state colleges.

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The Duval County School district is lobbying the state for funding and local control during Florida's legislative session now underway.

Superintendent Nikolai Vitti laid out the district's priorities Tuesday, saying the district needs more money for capital projects, like building maintenance and upgrades.

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The Duval County School Board approved contract renewals for several charter schools without discussion, Tuesday. 

The schools include KIPP Voice Elementary, Mycroschool of Integrated Academies and Technologies, S.O.C.K Outstanding Students Academy and Waverly Academy. 

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The Duval County School Board will vote Tuesday on renewing several Duval County charter school contracts.

Charter schools are free public schools, but privately run. The school district doesn’t have a say on teachers or curriculum.

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The University of North Florida wants to recruit and retain more women in its engineering program. The college’s School of Engineering announced Thursday the Center for the Advancement of Women in Engineering aimed at doing just that.

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Florida State College at Jacksonville is committing to help pay for school for first-time college students seeking an associate's degree. It’s designed to help lower-income students get an associate’s degree without debt.

The new program is called the FSCJ Promise, which will aid up to 1,000 new students a year. FSCJ will help  fund the first two years of tuition, books and fees for students after federal, state and local aid doesn’t meet their needs.

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Jacksonville’s Northwestern Middle School will soon have its own computer science academy, thanks to a $2.1 million state grant.

The Duval County School District announced Wednesday the academy will feature subjects including coding, video game design and information technology beginning next school year.

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Duval County Superintendent Nikolai Vitti asked the school board Tuesday to consider a new student identification card system.

It would allow the district to track students throughout the day.

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Florida state law now allows students to cross county lines for class beginning next school year.

Highly-rated St. Johns County opened its out-of-county application process Monday.

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People’s perception of public education in Duval County continues to be at odds with reality in some key areas, according to the fourth annual Public Education Perceptions Poll sponsored by the Jacksonville Public Education Fund.

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The Florida Senate is considering a bill that could shift control away from state colleges and cap its ability to expand four-year degree programs.

Florida State College at Jacksonville offers 13 types of four-year degrees. But under a new Senate bill, it might become harder for state colleges to add or expand bachelor's degree programs.

Duval County School Board members are figuring out how to ensure diversity at a Jacksonville elementary Montessori school.

J. Allen Axson offers Montessori education for kids as young as age 3. But students who aren’t yet in kindergarten have to pay. When the students are 4 years old, they have free voluntary prekindergarten in Florida, but that only pays for half a school day. J Allen Axson offers a full day of VPK.

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The Jacksonville City Council will hold a public hearing Tuesday on a bill that would expand protections for LGBT people.

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Nearly 18,000 people came out to Duval’s school choice expo at the Prime Osborn Convention Center over weekend — that’s 500 more than last year.

At the same time, a new state law will allow students to cross district boundaries for school starting next year.