With state test scores out, Duval County students are hovering around the state average in many areas. The Florida Department of Education has released Florida Standards Assessment and End of Course Exam data for the 2017-18 school year.
Next school year the Duval County School District could employ double the current number of therapists. That’s part of its plan to strengthen mental health services for students under the state’s school safety bill passed after February’s Parkland shooting.
Contracts for two of Duval’s so-called alternative charter schools, Lone Star and Biscayne high schools, are up for renewal this week. The district is recommending their renewal despite having graduation rates far below the district average.
A half-dozen visitors from Central and South American countries are in Jacksonville this week to learn about how the city handles human rights issues. It’s the group’s final stop across five U.S. cities.
In 2016, then-Duval Superintendent Nikolai Vitti said the district needed to expand student mental health services and advocate for more mental health funding. Students had anonymously self-reported more depression and suicide-related behaviors compared to their peers across the state.
Duval Superintendent finalist Diana Greene said already being a Florida superintendent, she’d have a minimal learning curve coming to Duval where she would work to make the district financially solvent and eliminate D and F school grades.