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Duval County School officials are celebrating students’ improved scores on state assessments and end-of-course exams. But while Duval students improved on most tests, they still lag behind other large Florida districts and the state average in areas like reading.

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Speed limits could be reduced in front of more elementary and middle schools if some Duval County School Board members get their way. Because of a city traffic policy, not all schools have slow roads leading to them.

In front of Twin Lakes elementary and middle schools on the Southside’s Point Meadows Road, the speed limit is 35 mph.

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The Duval County School District is looking to fill about 200 teacher vacancies at a recruitment fair from noon to 3:30 p.m. Friday, at Sandalwood High School.

The district holds at least two annual recruiting sessions in addition to national recruiting.

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Duval Schools could invest more in professional development for teachers while putting less money into the district’s emergency fund. These are among the possibilities, as Florida public schools face uncertainty over how much state funding they’ll have for the next school year.

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Duval County’s School Board Chair Paula Wright and interim Superintendent Patricia Willis are hoping Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry can help put a stop to a controversial education bill the governor is considering.

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Florida State College at Jacksonville is bracing for a major cut to its operating budget.

Lawmakers said they cut $30 million from the state college system, partly because fewer students are enrolling in remedial classes, which are meant to get struggling incoming students up to speed. FSCJ expects to lose about $3 million, and President Cynthia Bioteau said the cut would result in laying off more than 70 staffers.

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The most recent state reading test scores confirm what Duval County School Board members have stressed for the past few years: Literacy is one of the district’s biggest challenges.

Nearly half of the district's third-graders are not reading at grade level, with Duval County scoring last among the state’s seven largest districts for third graders’ performance on this year’s Florida State Assessment in reading.

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The Florida Department of Education is honoring 80 students for their excellence in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, and 18 of them are from North Florida.

Clay County Ridgeview High student Evan Collins, 17, was among those selected to attend a two-day conference in Orlando, beginning Saturday.

Nearly 200 high-achieving students from Raines and Ribault high schools will be honored by their Northwest Jacksonville community Friday night.

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The Duval County School Board unanimously voted Wednesday to hire Patricia Willis, who has a 35-year history with the district, as temporary superintendent.

Willis, a Jacksonville native, has been a Duval teacher, principal, district professional development director and deputy superintendent. After retiring in 2012, she earned a doctorate degree and was an education consultant in Florida and Georgia.