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The Duval County School district wants more non-Hispanic students to join its dual-language program.

The program teaches students core subjects in English and Spanish, and most of the students come from Hispanic families.

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Data from Duval schools officials  released Tuesday reveals mixed results for how most students are doing halfway through the school year.

According to midyear assessments, while some students are improving, the district still has cause for concern as some students are still not reading at grade level and might not be prepared to take state tests in March.

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Florida Governor Rick Scott is renewing his call for state colleges and universities to be more affordable —and this morning he brought that message to the offices of software company Hashrocket in Jacksonville Beach.

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A Jacksonville lawyer is splitting his time between representing clients and teaching Duval high schoolers about distracted driving.

Personal injury attorney Wayne Hogan said distracted driving is an epidemic that needs to be stopped.  

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A Duval County middle-school teacher is going beyond required curriculum to make sure her students have a deep understanding of the Holocaust.

“We’re trying to make better human beings here,” said Caroline Lee, a seventh-grade English-language arts teacher at Darnell Cookman.

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The Duval County School district is celebrating a roughly 2 percent increase in its graduation rate over the previous year.

In this past school year, Duval’s graduation rate increased to 78.8 percent    

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Auditors were overwhelmingly positive about Duval County’s elementary language-arts curriculum after the first phase of their probe, examining the materials’ alignment with state standards.

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Duval County high-school students are reporting higher-than-average rates of suicide attempts and feelings of hopelessness.

Superintendent Nikolai Vitti addressed the report at Tuesday’s board meeting in a presentation. He said the district will be advocating for more mental health funding, and plans to expand services.

Single-Gender Charter Schools Closing This Month

Dec 5, 2016

Parents of children attending two single-gender middle/high school charter schools were told Thursday that they will close over the December break due to lack of enrollment and funding.

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Virtue Arts and Science Academy, serving sixth- through 12th-grade girls, and Valor Academy of Leadership, an all-boys middle/high school, will not reopen in January.

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The holidays are coming early for some Jacksonville children with disabilities. On Friday evening, they’re getting special vehicles and toys modified just for them.

University of North Florida students adapted the toys as part of a class that meshes engineering and physical therapy.

On Thursday, students were putting the finishing touches on the cars they’re upgrading for eight lucky patients, like Brycen, who has Down syndrome. His vehicle is a mini BMW with lots of customization.

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Residents of Jacksonville’s New Town neighborhood and Urban Core were invited to Edward Waters College Wednesday to learn about eating healthy on a budget.

The event was part of the 4-H “Food Smart Families” program that teaches low-income families about budgeting for their health.

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New research from the University of North Florida finds a link between poor memory and pessimism.

At the same time, researchers were surprised to find young people were more pessimistic than older people.

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The Duval County School Board’s two newly-elected members went to orientation and their first board workshop Tuesday.

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 Story updated 11/22 at 5:30 p.m. with additional interviews.

Thanks to a big federal grant, the University of North Florida plans to prepare more people to teach Duval County students from other countries.

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The Duval County School Board is deciding what policies it will advocate for during the upcoming state legislative session.