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The last day for Duval County School Board candidates to qualify for the ballot is Friday.

With four seats up for grabs, three candidates have raised substantially more money than the 11 others.

 

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District 7 Duval County School Board member Jason Fischer has resigned.

Fischer is running for a Florida House seat, representing an area including Mandarin, the Southside and much of San Marco. But in order to qualify to be on the ballot, Florida law requires him to resign from the school board.

 


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Duval Superintendent Nikolai Vitti says parents will be able to purchase laptops for their children from the district for $50 beginning next school year.

The district is working out the details of the recently-approved computer plan.

 


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The University of North Florida’s Computing Department was selected as one of 47 institutions in the U.S. for the National Center of Women and Information Technology Pacesetters program, which will run through 2018.

The National Science Foundation-sponsored program is designed to help get more women working in science technology engineering and mathematics fields.

Duval County Public Schools recently unveiled a new online portal that will go into effect in early July.

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More than 30 people, many of them high schoolers, took two hours to address the Duval County School Board Monday night about the district’s policies toward transgender students.

The board heard opposing views on how it deals with accommodations like restrooms, with the majority of speakers in favor of the district’s current policy.

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Duval County students will be able to buy used laptops from the school district starting next year.

The school board approved the plan Monday night.

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A larger-than-normal turnout for public comment is expected tonight at the Duval County School Board meeting.

Groups on both sides of the school system’s policy toward transgender students are expected to speak in the wake of Sunday’s mass shooting at a gay nightclub in Orlando.

There is no agenda item about a policy change for transgender bathroom use.

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A Northeast Florida lawmaker who’s running to be Nassau County school superintendent is asking Gov. Rick Scott to sue the federal government over recent transgender guidelines it sent to schools.

State Rep. Janet Adkins (R-Fernandina Beach), who chairs the House K-12 Education Subcommittee until her term is up in November, wants Florida to join 11 other states that sued last month.


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Some teens at Jacksonville’s Lee High School chose to confront violence and the justice system this school year through an elective class.

Now as the year comes to an end, the class is reflecting on what they’ve learned and hope to change in Duval County.

 


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As the Duval County School Board makes final tweaks to the 2016-2017 budget, board members are already talking about changes they’d like to see in the following year.

 

 


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An oversight committee decided Thursday the majority of city dollars earmarked for an alternative to out-of-school suspension program will now be used for programs to keep kids out of jail.

The initiative, Jax Journey, is to help stop crime in Jacksonville.

 

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At the same time many teens are learning to drive, some Duval County students are also learning to cook behind the wheel.

Two high school teams competed in a food truck cook off at the Duval Schools administration building this week. The two teams, which have been competition all year, are made up of teens from five different schools and the students assume the roles of a professional food truck.

One school is responsible for supplying cooks, another supplies a logistics team, and another is responsible for marketing.


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Updated 11:53 a.m.

The Duval County Public School Board will meet privately to discuss a lawsuit against its policy of allowing transgender students to use restrooms matching their identified gender.

Private “shade” meetings are allowed under Sunshine Law when the body is discussing litigation.

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Jacksonville University’s past president and Chancellor Emeritus Frances Bartlett Kinne turned 99 Monday.

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