Florida Department of Education

By now, most Florida parents have heard the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test is on its way out. But they might not know a whole lot about what’s replacing the FCAT.

The most likely replacement is known as PARCC, or the Partnership for the Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers. Students are scheduled to begin taking the test in the spring of 2015 (more on that later).

We’ve put together a handy video that lays out the differences between the two exams.

Deirdre Connor / Jacksonville Public Education Fund

The results of a study by the Jacksonville Public Education Fund (JPEF) finds new teachers are fleeing the public schools in alarming numbers.

According to the report, Patching the Pipeline: Addressing Teacher Satisfaction and Retention in Duval County:

  • Duval County is losing on average about one of every two new teachers within the first five years of their employment.
  • Only about 34% of new teachers hired since 2003 were still in the same school they started at five years later.

Florida Senate

Lawmakers and Gov. Rick Scott reached a compromise on $480 million in raises for teachers and other school workers.

The raises are part of a $74 billion spending plan for the fiscal year beginning July 1.

Districts will have flexibility in how the money is awarded based on local collective bargaining agreements.

A campaign is underway to improve children's lives by changing the way we think and talk about childhood.

Over the next few months, the Jacksonville System of Care Initiative, in conjunction with the FrameWorks Institute, will bring together community leaders, child advocates and other stakeholders to review the research, refine the message and re-frame the conversation about children's issues.

Florida School Board Votes To Resume Paddling

Apr 24, 2013
Seth Sawyers

Elementary school principals will now be able to paddle misbehaving students in Marion County.

The Marion County school board approved the measure Tuesday, three years after banning the practice.

Cyd Hoskinson / WJCT

89.9 WJCT is participating in the American Graduate project supported by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.  The goal of American Graduate is to reverse the national drop out crisis by identifying and then addressing the factors that cause students to leave school early.

Last month, we brought you the story of 19-year old Andre Williams, a senior at Sandalwood High School. Williams has spent the last month at Grand Park Educational Center, the school of last resort for high school students who’ve broken one too many rules.


Gov. Rick Scott is scheduled to sign an education bill which changes high school graduation requirements, expands career education options and creates new elementary and middle school computer training programs.

The most significant change is to high school graduation requirements. For students beginning high school in the 2013-2014 school, the bill will eliminate some required math and science courses while allowing students to substitute career training for math and science requirements.

Kim Cook / Facebook

The Florida Education Association and National Education Association filed a federal lawsuit today challenging the constitutionality of Florida’s teacher evaluation system.

The system was created under a law passed in 2011 known as Senate Bill 736.

State of Florida

Sen. Bill Montford, a Democrat from North Florida, doesn't like the Parent Empowerment in Education bill. It's much better known as the parent trigger bill.

“We know overall that the majority of students that are successful have parents that are involved,” Montford said. “It's critical to have parent support and involvement in the schools.”

Montford is CEO of the Florida Association of District School Superintendents.

The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office continues to investigate the shooting death Saturday morning of 13 year old Titania Mitchell. Mitchell was reportedly visiting family members at a house in the 11300 block of Riverstone Way when she was shot once.  Police have said that Titania was one of five children who were alone in the house at the time of the shooting, and that her death may have been an accident.

Cyd Hoskinson / WJCT

The University of North Florida is throwing itself a big party tonight to celebrate the success of a 4-year long fundraising campaign that exceeded its goal by $20 million. 

The goal of UNF’s Power of Transformation fundraiser was to raise $110 million by the end of 2012.  University President John Delaney says it was a gamble.

"We announced in 2009 that we were going to kick off a capital campaign and we debated - because that was in the throes of the recession - whether or not we should go forward with it."

Cyd Hoskinson / WJCT

Denver, Colorado-based Community Development Institute today took over the day-to-day management of Jacksonville's Head Start and Early Head Start programs.

The programs had been run by the Jacksonville Urban League until yesterday, when the federal Office of Head Start suspended the organization for a minimum of thirty days citing a pattern of safety violations at some of the child-development centers.