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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.


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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.  

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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.

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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.


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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.

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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.


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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.

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Updated at 8:30 p.m.

The Duval County School Board unanimously voted to hold off on voting on new districtwide school identification cards at Tuesday’s meeting.

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Duval County Superintendent Nikolai Vitti said he’s extremely concerned about state legislation that would encourage charter school takeovers of low-performing schools.

The bill, PCB EDC 17-03, passed the House education committee Thursday.


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The Duval County Public School announced Thursday five additional high schools are getting certified athletic trainers this summer.

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Duval County Superintendent Nikolai Vitti is now one of two finalists for Detroit Public Schools Community District superintendent after the third candidate, Orlando Ramos of Milwaukee Public Schools, dropped out Thursday night, according to Detroit NPR member station WDET.

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Auditors said Duval’s new elementary English Language Arts curriculum is highly aligned with state standards. But while school principals are feeling good about its implementation, teachers aren’t necessarily sold.

School board members heard the results of the second phase and final recommendations of the curriculum audit by the company Educational Directions Thursday afternoon. Results from the first phase which focused on the curriculum's alignment, were presented in December.


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The Duval County School district is lobbying the state for funding and local control during Florida's legislative session now underway.

Superintendent Nikolai Vitti laid out the district's priorities Tuesday, saying the district needs more money for capital projects, like building maintenance and upgrades.


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Jacksonville’s Northwestern Middle School will soon have its own computer science academy, thanks to a $2.1 million state grant.

The Duval County School District announced Wednesday the academy will feature subjects including coding, video game design and information technology beginning next school year.


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Duval County Public Schools are facing a budget shortfall for replacing outdated or broken computers.

Current projections show the district will be able to provide just one computer for every 2.5 students by the year 2020.


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