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Florida State College at Jacksonville announced the release of its smartphone app Monday called FSCJ Safe. The app is intended to keep students, faculty and staff informed of any security threats that may arise.

 A local teacher is getting a big presidential honor. 

Angela Phillips, of Chets Creek Elementary School, has been named a recipient of the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching.

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Every Duval middle school might have gifted instruction offered this school year.

Last year, out of 24 middle schools, six offered some level of gifted services and five magnets offered a full curriculum of gifted classes.

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Duval County principals might soon get paid more for leading schools with a larger enrollment, as well as students performing below grade level.

That’s in the new pay scale the school board is considering.

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The first day of school for Duval County students was Monday, and it’s also the debut for 14 converted or rebranded schools.

Duval Superintendent Nikolai Vitti visited two of those schools reprogrammed to address the district's challenges with low-occupancy and failing grades.   

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Duval School Superintendent Nikolai Vitti says the district is narrowing the achievement gap between white and black students, but needs to work on retaining teachers.

Vitti delivered his State of the Schools address at Atlantic Coast High School Friday morning.

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Melody Bolduc, Stacie Dern, Lori Hershey, Greg Tison, Barbara Toscano and John Turner are running for the District 7 Duval County School Board seat freed up by Jason Fischer.

The six faced off at Mandarin High School Tuesday night, during a forum hosted by the Jacksonville Public Education Fund, WJCT and 20 other partners making up the Duval County School Board Elections Coalition.

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Bradford Hall, Warren Jones, Brenda Jordan and Hank Rogers are running for the District 5 Duval County School Board seat being vacated by Connie Hall.

The four faced off Monday night at a forum hosted by the Jacksonville Public Education Fund, WJCT and 20 other partners making up the Duval County School Board Elections Coalition at Edward Waters College.

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This year marks the start of a new approach to education in Duval County with the creation of the Edward H. White Military Academy of Leadership, Duval County’s first "community school."

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For the first time in five years, Florida officials have approved borrowing $285 million to pay for school buildings.

Of that, the Florida School for the Deaf and Blind in St. Augustine will receive $9 million this year.

But the pot of money the state is borrowing against is shrinking.

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The Duval County School Board approved leasing a building to Edward Waters College, with an option for the college to purchase the property.

The former James Weldon Johnson Academic and Career Training Center approved Edward Waters taking over the vacant building for classroom space at Tuesday’s meeting.

Wanted: Reading Pals To Make Books Come Alive

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With a new school year just weeks away, North Florida’s Reading Pals are seeking volunteers to help introduce the area’s youngest students to reading.

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The Duval County School Board held its first public hearing on a proposed budget for the  upcoming school year Thursday night. 

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Duval County middle and high school students who are learning English showed off their language mastery with summer projects Thursday morning at Terry Parker High School.

The free program is meant to keep exposing kids to language arts during their months away from school.

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Duval County parents and students will have more choices starting this fall.

The Duval County School Board introduced several new principals who will be at the helm of 14 schools that have been repurposed to fit the needs of the modern student, Superintendent Nikolai Vitti said.