Education

Lindsey Kilbride / WJCT News

As the Duval County School Board budgets for the upcoming school year, it’s facing another potential funding challenge from the state Legislature in the form of a last-minute amendment.

While schools with large amounts of students living in poverty get extra federal funding under Title I, the board isn’t sure if it will be able to pay for several Title I programs if the measure passes.

Lucélia Ribeiro / Flickr

A state proposal would cut back on standardized testing in Florida, but the bills would also make several other changes to education.

A House testing bill cuts a requirement that high school students have to take an end of the year algebra II exam. Duval School Board member Becki Couch said she supports the idea, but prefers the Senate version, eliminating even more end-of-year exams.

University of North Florida

Updated 8:50 a.m. Friday

It was an exciting week for four Duval County teachers who were awarded $15,000 prizes for their excellence in the classroom.

The Gladys Prior Awards, administered by the University of North Florida, have been given to Jacksonville teachers since 1998. Eighty teachers have been given the award since its inception.

Cyd Hoskinson / WJCT

Updated 04/25 at 10:30 a.m.

While public schools across the country are struggling to find enough qualified teachers to fill classroom vacancies, Duval County is actively recruiting non-educators and promising to help them become elementary school teachers through a new initiative called “Ready, Set, Teach!”

Lindsey Kilbride / WJCT News

Duval School board members are preparing to weed out district-funded programs that are not serving students as intended.

Of 37 programs and organizations scrutinized, 14 received a score of questionable. One was rated unacceptable and 22 were rated as worth funding.


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