Education

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.


Duval County Public Schools

Duval County School Board member Scott Shine said at a special board meeting Friday, he believes Superintendent Nikolai Vitti might stay with the district if board members tell him they want him to.

Shine said this as Vitti moves forward with negotiating a contract to become superintendent of the newly formed Detroit Public Schools Community District.  

Kevan Westenbarger / Flickr

A former Duval County School Board member and current state representative is co-sponsoring legislation that some school board members and the superintendent oppose.

Jacksonville Rep. Jason Fischer’s “Schools-of-Hope” bill would encourage private charter companies to replace struggling neighborhood schools.

FSCJ / Florida State College at Jacksonville

Florida State College at Jacksonville is taking steps to make sure no students are going hungry.

The college recently opened a student food pantry on its South Campus on Beach Boulevard.

Lindsey Kilbride / WJCT News

The Duval County School Board met Wednesday to talk about the likely departure of school Superintendent Nikolai Vitti.

The Detroit school board voted Tuesday to enter into contract negotiations with Vitti for the district's superintendent position. Duval School Board Chair Paula Wright said her main reason for calling the meeting was to talk about ensuring Vitti’s possible departure doesn’t cause disruption, especially as students are taking state tests this month.


Lindsey Kilbride / WJCT News

The Duval County School Board is delaying plans to build a new auditorium and stage renovation at the Fort Caroline arts magnet middle school.

The board would have voted on the project next month, but now it’s deferring the item. It’s waiting to see what happens with a state bill that could drain the district's capital dollars.

Claire Cook44 / Flickr

  Updated 9:21 a.m.

Duval School Superintendent Nikolai Vitti said filling teacher vacancies will be a focus of next year’s budget.

As nationally fewer people are deciding to become teachers, Vitti said, during a workshop for next school year’s budget Tuesday, Duval is having trouble recruiting for the upcoming year. Over the last two years, the district recruited more than 500 new teachers from across the country. Duval currently has about 100 vacancies.


Colleges Decry Budget Cuts

Apr 7, 2017
Wikimedia Commons

TALLAHASSEE — As the House and Senate prepare to take up their budget plans next week, state college leaders and students said Thursday the proposals contain unsustainable cuts for the 28-college system.

Credit 401(K) 2012 / Flickr

Updated at 7:58 p.m.

The Duval County School Board unanimously passed a resolution Tuesday against state legislation that would require the district share some of its levied tax dollars with privately run public charter schools.

Board members gave a presentation against the legislation, which is gaining traction in the Senate and House.

Pages