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At a time when literacy is one of the greatest challenges in Duval County public schools, middle schoolers are creating their own literature to share with younger students.

Kirby Smith eighth graders wrote their own books and read them to elementary school kids Tuesday morning.

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The Duval County School Board on Monday narrowed down its choice for interim superintendent to three candidates from a pool of seven.

Board members will interview the three at the meeting scheduled for 8 a.m. Wednesday. / Edward Waters College

Students at Raines and Ribault high schools on Jacksonville’s Northside will be able to take college-level criminal justice classes in the fall taught by professors from Edward Waters College.

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Several Duval County School Board members, Superintendent Nikolai Vitti and Duval Teachers United President Terrie Brady spoke out against a bill’s effects on Duval County Monday morning.

They said the district will lose millions in capital dollars, have to cut multiple Title I programs for the district's poorest students and possibly have to close several schools.

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After the murder of a San Jose Elementary music teacher, her Duval County colleagues are working hard to keep her legacy alive by continuing an arts event she created.

The murder happened March 23. Deborah Liles, a 62-year-old music teacher, wife and mother had been found in her home beaten and killed in a home invasion.

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Duval County School Board members have begun talking about qualities they want in an interim superintendent. With current superintendent Nikolai Vitti likely taking a job in Detroit very soon, Board Chair Paula Wright said at Thursday’s meeting, the district can’t be without a leader.

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Next year’s proposed $83 billion state budget that lawmakers will vote on Monday contains $115 million for school construction and maintenance at Florida’s 28 state colleges.

However, none of that money is earmarked for Florida State College at Jacksonville, school president Cynthia Bioteau said.

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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.

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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.

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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.