Education

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Florida Governor Rick Scott signed a monster school-choice bill into law Thursday and it will affect Duval County Public Schools.

His signature on the 160-page bill allows students to go to any school in Florida that has space, beginning 2017-18 school year, as long as they have transportation.

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Duval Schools Superintendent Nikolai Vitti received an evaluation of “effective” from school board members Thursday.

It’s the same rating he gave himself earlier this month.


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In our “Lessons Learned Early” series, we follow one pre-kindergartener through his first year of school.

More than halfway through, Florida has decided to do away with a time-consuming student-evaluation tool his voluntary pre-kindergarten teachers used.

While Some Duval County VPK teachers are celebrating that decision, many advocates are saying the tool was necessary.

 


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Duval County Public Schools want to hear from parents and guardians about their kids’ experiences.

A survey out now asks about everything from discipline tactics to bus rides.

 


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More than 250 Duval County Teachers were told they’d be receiving bonuses, but were then notified they didn’t qualify for the extra pay.


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The international shark research nonprofit OCEARCH was docked in Jacksonville Tuesday.

The group will depart on an 18-day voyage Wednesday with the goal of finding and tagging great white sharks along the Florida and Georgia coasts.

University of North Florida biology Professor Jim Gelsleichter is the only local researcher making the voyage.

 


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Duval County parents and teachers didn’t seem to hold any frustrations back at a town hall about school curricula Thursday evening.

School Board Member Jason Fischer is holding the forums at elementary schools in his district this month.

 


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Opponents of a plan to turn Jacksonville’s Andrew Jackson High School into a STEM magnet are calling on the School Board to hit the brakes.

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The Clay County School Board voted Thursday morning against stipulations teachers wanted in their contracts concerning job security and fair pay.


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Some Clay County parents will be holding their kids home from school Thursday to protest a School Board hearing in the middle of the day.

The Board will be considering teacher contracts that concern their pay and job stability.

Dana Baez is keeping her kid home. She says teachers shouldn’t have to choose between doing their jobs and taking a personal day to defend them.

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The Duval County School Board and Superintendent Nikolai Vitti are working to move past personal differences.

On Tuesday the Board and Vitti participated in moderated "board development meeting" at Douglas Anderson School of the Arts.

 


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The Duval County School Board has rejected a proposal for mandatory middle- and elementary-school uniforms next year.

Duval Superintendent Nikolai Vitti proposed required uniforms in August. He said if the policy was adopted, students wouldn’t be allowed to opt out unless they have a disability preventing them from wearing a uniform.

 


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St. Augustine’s Flagler College is offering its first master’s degree in deaf education.

At the same time, a nationwide shortage of special-education teachers is creating vacancies in deaf-only classrooms.


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The Duval County School Board has approved five new curricula.

The new materials will cost the district around $5.3 million. About a third of that will go toward a middle-school language arts curriculum.

Last month, Duval Superintendent Nikolai Vitti switched his recommendation from a curriculum slightly more aligned with state standards, to one a committee of teachers liked better, Houghton-Mifflin Harcourt Collections.

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School officials are trying to keep kids safe at school. That’s what they told parents Thursday evening at Jacksonville’s Terry Parker High School.

Recent incidents include teens’ being arrested for a shooting near a bus stop and a loaded gun on campus.

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